Pope Francis has decided to resist a coalition of Vatican officials trying to undermine Cardinal Pell, his chosen financial reformer. Yesterday we commented on the conflict sparked by leaks that portrayed him as corrupt and dictatorial. It seemed to indicate that the Pope had a lot of work to do in bringing order to Rome. Today’s news suggests that he’s up to the task. Crux reports on the new rules the Pope has just laid down for various Vatican departments:
As the preparation of a legal framework unfolded, some veteran Vatican insiders saw it as an opportunity to impose new checks and balances on Pell and his Secretariat for the Economy.Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, made a series of suggestions [to limit Pell] to the pontiff. […]
In the main, Francis did not take up those suggestions, choosing instead to leave the powers and scope of the new entities largely as they were envisioned one year ago.