Vatican City, Mar 27, 2021 / 06:00 am
Pope Francis said on Saturday that the Vatican’s quest for transparency should be inspired by “the founding principles of ecclesial life” and conform to international standards.
The pope made the remark March 27 as he opened the 92nd judicial year of the Vatican City State Tribunal in the Apostolic Palace’s Hall of Blessings.
He began his address by noting that the gilded hall is situated between St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square.
He said: “In this singular position one could see the meaning and the task of the Church, constituted and sent by Christ the Lord to carry out the mission of upholding the truth and -- as the Second Vatican Council teaches -- proclaiming, ‘even by its own example, humility and self-sacrifice,’ with God’s own style: closeness, compassion, tenderness.”
“With this mandate, the Church enters history and becomes a place of encounter among peoples and of reconciliation among men, in order to lead them, with the Word and the Sacraments, with grace and examples of life, to the faith, freedom, and peace of Christ.”
This was the second consecutive year that Pope Francis has attended the opening of the tribunal’s judicial year.
The pope said: “I exhort everyone so that the initiatives recently launched, and those to be taken, for the absolute transparency of the institutional activities of the Vatican State, especially in the economic and financial field, are always inspired by the founding principles of ecclesial life and, at the same time, take due account of the parameters and ‘good practices’ current at international level, and appear exemplary, as is imposed on a reality such as the Catholic Church.”
The pope offered the tribunal general indications for the coming year, emphasizing the need for efficiency, irreproachable behavior, “new and more incisive forms of cooperation,” and equal treatment of all members of the Church.