Vatican rejects legal claims by former Vatican auditors and investigates them and other news instead

Vatican rejects legal claims by former Vatican auditors and investigates them and other news instead

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VATICAN (RNS). Vatican prosecutors dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Vatican auditor Libero Milone and his deputy Ferruccio Panicco on Wednesday (November 16) and reopened a criminal investigation against two men who once controlled the balance sheets of Vatican departments.

“This is unacceptable!” a visibly angry Milone said at a press conference in Rome on Thursday. Milone, who was hired by Pope Francis in 2015 to help him push through financial reforms at the Vatican, added that “the silence of Pope Francis on this matter is deafening.”

“What are we, at 18th century? Milone asked at one point, questioning the rule of law in the small Catholic city-state. He later called the Vatican’s financial and judicial system “Orwellian”.

The former auditors of the Vatican filed a lawsuit against the Vatican’s Secretariat of State earlier this month, demanding that the Catholic Church pay them more than 9 million euros in damages to their reputation following their unceremonious expulsion in 2017.

Panicco also accuses the Vatican of withholding documents about his medical history after they were seized during the investigation. Without them, he argues, his chances of surviving prostate cancer were reduced.

On Monday, Milone and Panicco were interrogated for hours by Vatican prosecutors, who accused them of providing false invoices during their tenure as auditors. Prosecutors have reopened a criminal investigation against them, and Vatican judges will decide whether to take the case to trial.

Speaking to a small group of Vatican journalists last week, Milone threatened to reveal the financial irregularities and corruption he witnessed when he was an auditor if the Vatican did not heed his pleas to restore his reputation.

Earlier this year, according to Milone and Panicco, Vatican officials provided them with a copy of a non-disclosure agreement signed by both men. Milone claims that his signature was photocopied on a document that he says was dated two months before his appointment as Auditor General of the Catholic Church’s finances.

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Milone and Panicco allege they were forced to resign in 2017 by former Vatican police commander Domenico Giani, who said a seven-month investigation uncovered evidence that they engaged in espionage and misuse of funds. It is not clear who they were allegedly spying on or why.

Milone believes he was set up as part of a plan orchestrated by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who until 2018 held the second-highest position in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State but has since been accused of embezzlement, among other crimes. Bekcu was put on trial along with nine others for questionable investments of church funds.

“I believe that he (Bekcu) gave false information to the Holy Father, but the Holy Father eventually found out about it,” Milone said.

Becciu, who was stripped of his cardinal rights and retained only his title, declared himself innocent of all charges against him, including Milone.

At a press conference, Milone called Becciu a monsignor, an honorary title given to priests, because, according to Milone, “he never behaved in my eyes like a cardinal or even like a priest, for that matter.” Milone and his deputy allege that Becciu and other members of the Secretariat of State did everything in their power to deprive the two auditors of necessary data on the agency’s finances.

Do you understand why they sent me away? Milone said. “For doing a good job.”

Milone said he was weighing his next steps and acknowledged the challenges of taking the Vatican to court in other jurisdictions or internationally. “Priests have a habit of thinking that they are always right, but they are also human and can be wrong,” he said. “It’s time for them to admit it.”

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