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Vatican bank director and deputy resign amid scandal
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:24:27 PM »
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Re: Vatican bank director and deputy resign amid scandal
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 05:02:53 PM »
The last time something like this happened, John Paul I became a "30 Day Pope".
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Re: Vatican bank director and deputy resign amid scandal
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 11:12:19 PM »
The last time something like this happened, John Paul I became a "30 Day Pope".

Yes, but all this fraud started under our last pope, not Francis, isn't this just Francis doing what he said he would do, cleaning house?

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Re: Vatican bank director and deputy resign amid scandal
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013, 11:28:31 PM »
Yes, but all this fraud started under our last pope, not Francis, isn't this just Francis doing what he said he would do, cleaning house?

That is exactly what he is doing. Clearing out the accumulated trash.

I do agree with ONC's comment though - trash sometimes has a nasty way of fighting back.
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Re: Vatican bank director and deputy resign amid scandal
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2013, 07:45:28 AM »
"In God's Name" David Yallop.  Quite an interesting book and some parts became the basis of "Godfather III".
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Re: Vatican bank director and deputy resign amid scandal
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 07:54:01 AM »
Thank you! I shall have a good read.  :patriot:
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Re: Vatican bank director and deputy resign amid scandal
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Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/06/us-vatican-bank-probe-idUSBRE96506020130706

Italian prosecutors drop inquiry into former Vatican bank chief

Head of the Vatican bank Ettore Gotti Tedeschi looks on during Pope Benedict XVI's Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 21, 2011. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

ROME | Sat Jul 6, 2013 8:32am EDT

(Reuters) - Italian prosecutors have dropped inquiries into the Vatican bank's former president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi after concluding a money laundering investigation, judicial sources told Reuters.

Prosecutors accuse the bank's director general, Paolo Cipriani, and its deputy director Massimo Tulli, who both resigned this week, of "authorizing illegal financial transactions", said the sources, who asked not to be named.

The Vatican bank was not immediately available for comment on Saturday and in the past a spokesman has declined to comment. Reuters was unable to reach the two men accused in the probe.

A judge will now decide whether to proceed to a trial of Cipriani and Tulli.

The two directors left the bank on Monday after the arrest of a senior cleric who is accused of plotting to smuggle millions of euros into Italy from Switzerland.

Gotti Tedeschi was ousted from the bank last year. He said he was dismissed because he wanted more transparency, but the board of directors said he had neglected his duties.

The Vatican bank, known formally as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), has been a byword for opaque and secretive dealings for decades and its future has been in question since the appointment of Pope Francis in March.

Italian investigators believe the way the bank operated may have facilitated money laundering, according to a document summing up their preliminary inquiries that was leaked to Italian newspapers on Saturday.

DISGUISE

Investigators wrote in the document that there was a high risk the bank could be used as "a shield by account holders to disguise illegal operations" because it often did not specify who its actual clients were, daily Corriere della Sera reported.

The inquiry faulted the bank for failing to make sufficient checks on clients and said account holders were able to transfer sums on behalf of others, Corriere said, citing the document.

They found that Italian banks accepting transfers from IOR also failed to verify the origin of the money.

In 2010, officials froze 23 million euros ($29.5 million) of the bank's funds in Italian banks as part of the investigation. The Vatican bank said it had done nothing wrong and was transferring its own funds between its own accounts in Italy and Germany. The money was released in June 2011.

Pope Francis set up a special commission of inquiry to reform the bank in June, his boldest move yet to get to grips with the institution.

The European anti-money laundering committee, Moneyval, said in a report last year that IOR still had to enact more reforms to meet international standards against money laundering.
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