Vatican Reforms At a Crossroad, Part I: The Financial Scandals

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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, April 26, 2021

 Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

More than eight years have passed (2,966 days, to be exact) since Pope Francis was elected to Peter’s throne, with a clear mandate from the College of Cardinals to reform the Roman Curia and clean up the Vatican’s financial scandals.

More than eight years have passed (2,932 days) since the Pope formed the Council of Cardinals, to advise him on the process of curial reform. That Council has now held 33 meetings, but the long-awaited document that will reorganize the offices of the Vatican— which was supposedly in final form last June, given a title (Praedicate Evangelium), signed by the Pontiff, waiting only for official translations— has not yet appeared. …

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