Is Cardinal Pell being slowly pushed out of the Vatican?

It hasn’t been a great year for Cardinal Pell – his alleged involvement in covering up sexual abuse in the

It hasn’t been a great year for Cardinal Pell – his alleged involvement in covering up sexual abuse in the Church was widely publicised as was his inability to attend the royal commission into the abuse.

Now it’s been reported that George Pell’s role at the Vatican has been reduced – the Pope has removed many of his administrative tasks.

Sky News reports yesterday Pope Francis reversed a 2014 law that had transferred the main operational section of the patrimony office to the Australian cardinal’s Secretariat for the Economy.

Francis said he is removing the tasks because there needs to be an unequivocal and full separation between those who manage Vatican assets and those who supervise them.

Pell has been a vocal critic of the Vatican’s overspending and some are viewing this as Pope Francis making sure that he won’t be able to control as much.

The document released on Saturday, a motu proprio, or legal degree, changes the relationship between the Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, and APSA, Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, reports CruxNow.

A letter accompanying the text says that “the fundamental principle at the base of the reform” is a clear distinction “between control and vigilance, on the one hand, and administration of goods, on the other.”

The motu proprio stipulates that most responsibility for direct financial administration will be returned to APSA.

In addition, the Secretariat for the Economy will have to approve “any act of alienation, purchase or extraordinary administration” APSA intends to make. But the catch is it must be done “according to the criteria established by the Higher Authority,” meaning that for the most important transactions, the pope will personally review it.

As a result of Saturday’s law change, the only area of Vatican finances in which Pell will still have a direct role is human resources and payroll. Matters such as asset management, purchasing and contracts, and support services such as IT, have been returned to APSA.

Tell us, do you think Pell will eventually come back to Australia?

  1. Robyn Jefferson  

    Surely he wouldn’t dare.

  2. L. Kenneth Hortin  

    The evil cardinal would not have the intestinal fortitude to do so.

  3. he should have been here by now he sure is not doing the catholic relgeon and favours just hidding his fat arse

  4. Janice  

    Just amazed Pope Francis hasn’t sacked him, & sent him packing.

  5. Trish Doherty  

    He is a gutless wonder. He will never return home. He will retire due to ill health and be sent to a home for redundant and fallen priests. He will be well fed and cared for to hopefully live a long unhappy and useless life. I wonder if he thinks penitence will help?

  6. pell is a nightmare his living in a magnificent villa in Rome sadly it Francis this long to get rid of him

  7. pell is a nightmare his living in a magnificent villa in Rome sadly it Francis this long to get rid of him

  8. Sharon Tobin  

    Pell is under the protection of the church. Like the last pope, he must continue to live within the Vatican city, and it’s broader protection, within Italy, or face the possibility of extradition to face sex abuse claims. It’s the great game of cat, mouse and the fat farmer of religion!! The church wants to minimize the negative publicity, so lets pretend to keep him in his position, he is justified in staying within the Vatican’s protection. The police won’t persue him now, in hopes he comes out of his hole feeling cocky one day, and they will pounce. So, if the fat farmer maintains there is no wrong doing….there must be no wrong doing….just an ever growing club of abusers drinking beer in the Vatican’s stables!

  9. No, I don’t think Pell will come back to Oz. If he was unable to return for the Royal Commission because of his ongoing ill-health, I do not see how he can come back later — unless, of course, he slips over to Lourdes and is granted the greatest miracle since JC walked on the Sea of Galilee! LOL!

    I wouldn’t put it past the devious old bugger!

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