It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about Pope Francis. For a few weeks, toward the end of 2013, it seems he was in the headlines at least twice a week. And deservedly so. In my lifetime, I’ve never seen a Pope who’s clearly on a mission to completely revamp the Catholic Church. Something it desperately needed.
Well, now he’s making waves again by initiating the first major overhaul to the Vatican’s finances since 1988.
Pope Francis has announced that a single authority will handle all business, administrative and personnel management at the Holy See. This is obviously in response to the numerous scandals the Catholic Church has faced over the years concerning its finances.
The Vatican released a statement saying that the new Secretariat for the Economy will ensure “a more formal commitment to adopting accounting standards and generally accepted financial management and reporting practices, as well as enhanced internal controls, transparency and governance.”
Australian Cardinal George Pell, the archbishop of Sydney, will be heading up the secretariat. He’s been a vocal critic of how the Vatican has handled its finances in the past.
Pell said in a statement:
“If we make better use of the resources entrusted to us, we can improve our capacity to support the good works of the church, particularly our works for the poor and disadvantaged.”
It’s just refreshing to see common sense being brought to the Catholic Church. Heck, it’s great to see common sense being brought to any major religious institution.
Amazing isn’t it? To hear these leaders of the Catholic Church talking about better coordinating finances to help the poor and disadvantaged instead of themselves. You know, like actual Christians should.
The Pope is also going to work with outside financial firms like Ernst & Young to help oversee this shakeup of the church’s finances.
This is just another example of Pope Francis sending a clear message that “business as usual” is not going to be tolerated while he’s in charge. And while he still has plenty of work to do, I’ve mostly been nothing but impressed with his efforts during his brief time as Pope to bring real change to the Catholic Church.
For too long the church has been plagued with ignorance, corruption and scandal. It’s just encouraging for me to finally see a Pope who seems determined to do all he can to ensure that the Catholic Church doesn’t just talk about Christianity, but that it behaves like actual Christians.
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