Vatican commissions independent study of APSA's financial dealings
October 15, 2013
The Vatican has asked independent investigators to examine the books of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), the agency that supervises the Vatican’s personnel, properties, and investments.
The unprecedented call for an outside firm to probe APSA—made by the commission appointed by Pope Francis to study the Vatican’s financial dealings—is another aggressive step by Church leaders to answer complaints about corruption inside the Vatican.
APSA has become the focus of contention in the prosecution of a former ranking Vatican official. Msgr. Nunzio Scarano was the chief accountant for APSA before suspicions about money-laundering prompted his suspension. Msgr. Scarano, who now faces criminal charges, has said that his Vatican superiors were aware that he was performing special financial services for private clients.
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