Saturday, June 02, 2012

Cardinals refuse to ratify dismissal of President of Vatican Bank

Ior, i cardinali non ratificano la svolta -

In itself, at least in theory, it would not be a complicated matter: the board dismisses the President of the IOR and then the "oversight committee of cardinals' ratifies the decision. If you agree, of course.

Only there is no agreement, the cardinals are divided: two of them are said to have refused this morning to vote on the measure supported by the Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone to ratify the decision.

Nothing happened. And the clash on the dismissal of the President of the IOR Ettore Gotti Tedeschi – in whonm "confidence was lost" eight days ago, with an unheard of hint of harshness from the board of supervision of the institution - it's all contained in a sentence that yesterday a prelate t murmured: "You see, There are still people who do not go against their conscience and morality, because they believe in eternal life. "

The news is filtered by the Leonine Walls 
The Secretary of State,Tarcisio Bertone appeared smiling behind Pope Benedict XVI in Milan, yesterday afternoon. A reassuring image, as a confirmation of "trust to my closest colleagues" that had been assured by the Pope on Wednesday. It almost never happens that the Secretary of State accompanies the Pontiff during his travels in Italy. Already, he was said to have been added at the last minute. But all the same Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican press spokesman said: "The presence of the cardinal there was arranged long ago: this trip is international, it is the world meeting of families."

In any case, the smile of Bertone veiled his concern. The Holy See denied there was a 'meeting' of the commission of cardinals and admits only to a "consultation" among the cardinals. However it is defined, the fact remains that it is the second in a week. Last Friday, after the dismissal of Gotti Tedeschi, the Commission had gathered to "consider the consequences" of the lack of confidence shown by the board. Far from taking effect, he had waited in vain all day an announcement: they had not even found agreement on the text, something unprecedented.

The supervisory committee is composed of five cardinals, as well as Bertone, who presides over it, and also Attilio Nicora, President of Financial Reporting Authority; Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, as well as the Indian Telesphore Placidus Toppo and the Brazilian Odilo Pedro Scherer. The last two reside in their countries. Tauran and Nicora, it is said, objected to the behavior of the board. And yesterday they kept to their position: no ratification of the lack of confidence in Gotti Tedeschi. Tauran is part of the the faction that looks askance at Cardinal Bertone, Secretary of State. And Nicora has supported to the last the first version of the Anti-Money Laundering Law, subsequently amended by a decree on January 25 that has reorganised the authority over which he presides. This was one of the reasons that led to clash with Bertone Gotti Tedeschi, before his dismissal.

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