Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 06:47 am
The Vatican clarified Tuesday that the recent suspension of an external audit of Vatican finances by Pricewaterhouse Cooper is due to problems surrounding specific clauses in their contract, and is not meant to hinder the ongoing reform of the Curia.
"The suspension of auditing activities is not due to considerations linked to the integrity or quality of the work initiated by PwC, let alone the intention of one or more entities of the Holy See to block the reforms in progress," the Vatican stated in an April 26 communique.
It noted that "issues have emerged regarding the meaning and scope of certain clauses of the contract and their methods of implementation," and stressed that "such elements will undergo the necessary examination."
The decision to suspend the audit, the communique read, was made only after "suitable consultations" took place between the competent entities and experts in the field.