What the Vatican Financial Trial is Teaching Us

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From the Pillar:

“The trial is the first of its kind in the modern era, with Cardinal Becciu the first cardinal to go on trial for Vatican financial crimes since the 18th century. The trial comes after years of reporting on financial scandals and is widely seen as an immediate test for the raft of financial reforms issued by Pope Francis this year.

The tribunal of the Vatican City convened in a specially constructed court room on Tuesday morning for the opening of the trial of 10 defendants facing charges of embezzlement, fraud, abuse of office, and numerous others. The trial is the denouement of a sprawling, two-year investigation by prosecutors into the financial affairs of the Secretariat of State, the most powerful curial department of the Vatican…

Of the 10 defendants, only the two clerics facing charges, Cardinal Becciu and Msgr. Mauro Carlino, appeared in person. The others, seven lay men and one woman, were represented by lawyers, with the judges acknowledging that Gianluigi Torzi, the broker at the center of the London property deal which triggered the initial investigation, remained in London pending an extradition request lodged by an Italian court earlier this year.”

Saint Pius X, ora pro nobis!