A key man in the process of reforming Vatican finances, he had detailed an agenda full of commitments for Corriere della Sera. Determined “to go to the bottom with great enthusiasm”. It was March 18th. On Monday 19 June, Libero Milione , the Vatican’s auditor general, resigned. The Press Office of the Holy See made it known in a four-line statement in the afternoon of the following day, specifying that the Holy Father has already accepted the resignation and that the collaboration relationship is concluded “by mutual agreement”. JUST TWO YEARS AND A FULL AGENDA
Francesco had mentioned Milonein May 2015, the first such figure beyond the walls. After just two years the manager gives up. The assignment was five. His task was to sound out the accounts of 120 entities of the Curia and of the institutions connected to the Holy See. Three months ago at the Corsera he unveiled a very dense agenda: preliminary analyzes on the main balance sheet, financial and economic data for 2015 and 2016 to be completed. Then the audit of the balance sheet as at 31 December 2017 in order to then be able to prepare the audit of the entire financial statements as at 31 December 2018. Intense work. So much so that just in April he had refused the proposal to join the board of directors of RaiWay, the subsidiary of the transmission towers of Viale Mazzini, preferring to keep a full-time commitment in the Vatican. Less than two months and the first auditor in the history of the Holy See leaves.TO THE POPE’S DIRECT DEPENDENCIES
Italian manager born in the Netherlands, 67 years old, Milone boasts an intense international career. He has worked among other things in Deloitte & Touche, Wind, Poltrona Frau, Falck and Fiat and at the UN. In the Vatican – he himself says – he arrived there selected by a company of head hunters. He was in charge of a team of twelve professionals. An office that responds directly only to the Pope to whom he must account for how Peter’s money is spent. INTRUSIONS, VIOLATED PCS AND VATILEAKS 2
A few months after taking possession of the post, Milonereports the intrusion into his office and a violation of his personal computer to the Vatican Gendarmerie. It is from there that the Vatileaks 2 scandal broke out. Pr Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui and Monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda , number two of the prefecture of economic affairs who at the time – according to Chaouqui – would have aspired to the role at the time – according to Chaouqui – were sentenced recently created as general auditor entrusted instead to the lay manager. WAR BETWEEN DICASTERIES
The Auditor’s office responds only directly to the Pope but collaborates closely with the Secretariat for the Economy led by Cardinal George Pell. A super ministry viewed sideways in certain Vatican circles which, since its recent creation, has already had moments of friction with other offices. With a trail of rather unprecedented public evidence given the particular confidentiality of the Holy See. The latest in chronological order is a quarrel between the Secretariat and the Vatican coffer, Apsa. End of the dispute, authorization for auditing of the financial statements. The body responsible for the Vatican’s property management had asked all departments to provide financial information to the external auditor PwC. Cardinal Pell and the auditor general Milonethey had to intervene to block the invasion of the Apsa field, specifying that there was no audit activity in the Holy See by PwC, as clarified last year. Gia: because since 2016 the role of the auditor general was considered so important and disconnected from other departments to cancel contracts with external companies, believing that the task would have been better managed in house. PwC was left with a role of “assistance of the dicasteries who would like to avail themselves of its support or advice”. THE HOOK OF PELL
In the public reprimand at Apsa led by Cardinal Domenico Calcagno , Pell and Milonethey recalled that this “has no prerogative over the controls of the entities of the Holy See” and that the same is subject “to the control and supervision of the Council for the Economy and the Secretariat for the Economy and subject to revision by the Office of the Auditor General “. The Australian Pell did not fail to remind his colleague Calcagno that Apsa had yet to deliver a memorandum on the Vatican’s real estate properties, despite the Pope’s invitation to do so. A public reproach which today is followed by the sudden step backwards by the auditor general Milone .

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