Why Libero Miloni Resigned As the Auditor General of the Vatican

Why Libero Miloni Resigned As the Auditor General of the Vatican


According to the Francis’ mouthpiece FarodiRoma, Libero Miloni, the Auditor General of the Vatican resigned not because he was not a competent professional, but because he did not make enough concessions to the court ceremonial of the Vatican, to internal equilibria, and the clerical susceptibility.

Milone acted like a professional and this was the problem. Because he was not afraid of anybody, the resistance group called him “the Executioner”.

A long list of Cardinals complained to Francis who eventually gave in. Francis asked Milone to accept a lower pay. Milone was paid tax-free 20’000 Euros a month, which is a normal salary for a manager hired from the free market. At this point Milone decided to quit

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  1. More from The Destruction of Cardinal Pell (Steve Skojec, July 1, 2017):

    There is another recent story that might seem of minimal impact on its own, but takes on a larger significance in light of the larger questions surrounding corruption at the IOR. Libero Milone, the new Auditor General appointed by Pope Francis in 2015 to dig into the Vatican financial situation, suddenly and unexpectedly resigned last month. No details were given, but it is clear that Milone faced resistance from within the Vatican bureaucracy to financial reforms from the very beginning. Early in his tenure, for example, his computer was hacked. And according to Edward Pentin, “The disclosure of that story gave way to the scandal Vatileaks II.”

    Pentin also noted a particular point of resistance faced by both Milone and Pell:

    More recently, he [Milone] signed a letter with Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, reprimanding the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), the Vatican body responsible for managing the Vatican’s real estate, after it told Vatican departments to supply their financial information not to the general auditor, but to an outside one.

    Milone and Cardinal Pell wrote a letter in May to all dicasteries saying “with deep regret” they had to intervene to refute APSA’s instruction. APSA’s arbitrary and unilateral action was viewed as an extraordinary encroachment not only on the authority of the Secretariat for the Economy and the auditor general, but also that of the Secretariat of State. And unlike the ending of the PwC audit last year, inside Vatican sources said it did not come from a higher authority, and was therefore read as a provocative move by APSA to “claw back” some of its powers.

    APSA has been arguably the most resistant to reforms involving greater financial scrutiny.

    According to a report at the American website Newsmax.com, it was this situation with the APSA that may have led to Pope Francis turning against Pell and his work:

    Pell did find a potential new source of revenue in commercial and residential spaces in Rome valued at 1 billion euros and managed by the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, or APSA. According to the cardinal, the management wasn’t up to par, and in July 2014 Pope Francis gave Pell control of the properties.

    However, APSA’s president, Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, recently became close to Pope Francis, often seen dining with him at the Pope’s residence. Over the course of 18 months, Francis removed Pell’s control over APSA’s real estate. Some blame Pell’s belief in the free-market, of which Pope Francis is a well-known critic.

    Francis killed his own audit last September.

    So here, again, we are faced with a mystery: why did Milone resign just a little over a week before Pell was formally charged? Did he know what was coming? Did he realize that the obstacles stacked against their work were simply too high, that the corruption within the Vatican financial system was too deep?

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