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Cardinal Pell 'a bit surprised' by suspension of audit

April 21, 2016

Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, has said that he was "a bit surprised" by the announcement that the Vatican had suspended an external audit.

The cardinal, who had pushed for the audit as a key part of his plan to regularize the financial affairs of the Vatican, said that he hoped the audit would "resume shortly" after the scope of the work was clarified. In his short statement, he pointed out that an internal audit, conducted under the auspices of his own office, was proceeding on schedule.

The news that the external audit had been suspended broke on April 20, with the revelation that the Secretariat of State had notified all Vatican offices of the suspension. No public explanation has been given. 

 
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  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Apr. 22, 2016 8:44 AM ET USA

    With "no public explanation," of course the first thing that comes to the mind of most people is the question, "What are they trying to hide?" And if and when there in fact is a public explanation, it should be convincing, otherwise the question is not going to go away.