Archbishop transferred after exposing Vatican ‘web of corruption’

Archbishop transferred after exposing Vatican ‘web of corruption’

Whither accountability and transparency in the Vatican? A high-ranking Vatican official has been transferred after he exposed a web of corruption in the Vatican.

As deputy governor of the Vatican, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganohe reportedly discovered “corruption, nepotism and cronyism linked to the awarding of contracts to outside companies at inflated prices”.

Not surprisingly, his moves to impose tighter controls to curb malpractice or abuse ruffled feathers.

His ‘reward’? A transfer to become the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States.

Reuters reports:

In another letter to the pope on April 4, 2011, Vigano says he discovered the management of some Vatican City investments was entrusted to two funds managed by a committee of Italian bankers "who looked after their own interests more than ours."Vigano said Vatican-employed maintenance workers were demoralized because "work was always given to the same companies at costs at least double compared to those charged outside the Vatican."For example, when Vigano discovered that the cost of the Vatican’s nativity scene in St Peter’s Square was an exorbitant 550,000 euros $720,000in 2009, he chopped 200,000 euros off the cost for the following Christmas. $1 = 0.7615 euros

It is demoralising to hear of this. As the seat of Catholic Christianity, the Vatican should be doing all it can to support those who want to eliminate corruption and abuse in its bureaucracy and banking matters. But instead this report raises all sorts of questions over its commitment to transparency and accountability.

If this can happen in the Vatican, what about churches elsewhere?

Predictably, the Vatican has denied the claims of corruption. See this NCR report and a letter from the director of the Vatican press office.


  1. Until the day God Himself comes back to earth to rule as King of kings and Lord of lords, there will be corrupted leadership in many high positions and places including religious ones misleading many.
    As it was in the days of Christ, so it is no difference from the Pharisees that God saw deep in their hypocrite hearts.

    The Vatican of Rome is not spared by the demons which feverishly work its demonic influences in the corridors of power to bring about the Final Conflict in the form of the coming God-defying Roman Empire (the scarlet woman-The Whore of Babylon) and the Abomination in The Temple.
    The coming fiery end for Lucifer and his cohorts is already written in the Book of Revelation. (So it is forewarned to all mankind – don’t be fooled by false teachings, lying promises and wonders of miracle).

  2. Well, the Malaysian Bishops are no better. None of them publish any annual audited accounts of their Dioceses. Why not? Because they want to deliberately hide Church wealth and how it is deployed within their Dioceses from public scrutiny.

    Meaning also that any crooked prelate or clergy can pilfer all they want from the kitty and the Catholic faithful would not know any better since the Bishops are apt to cover up such scandals instead of exposing them, let alone prosecuting offenders.

    Take the case of Singapore priest Father Joachim Kang, 55, who pleaded guilty to a “blatant and persistent misuse of parish funds” in a Singapore Court in 2004. Did the Singapore Bishop Nicholas Chia lodge any police report against Fr Kang and lay charges against him? No. He remained silent. It took the State Prosecutors to render justice to the Catholic faithful.

    Catholic Prelates all over the world have a sordid history of protecting their own. They protect priests who are serial child sex offenders and they protect clerical crooks who think nothing of raiding church funds.

    Certainly the Malaysian Catholic Bishops are aware of these issues in their own backyard. But they also choose to be servants of mammon instead of God when it involves issues of church money.

  3. Those who have grown up believing the Pope represents God on Earth are understandably loth to acknowledge that the Church can be corrupt and evil. Considering how corrupt and evil BN has become after only 55 years, imagine if it were in power for more than 2,000!


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