Vatican City, Jul 9, 2016 / 10:58 am
A new set of reforms further clarifying the roles of Vatican financial offices was announced July 9, implementing changes set in motion by Pope Francis' 2014 edict, "Fidelis dispensator et prudens."
This new directive, entitled "Temporal goods," affirms that the role of the Church's assets center around "divine worship, the just support for the clergy, apostolate, and works of charity, especially for the needy."
"The Church, therefore, feels the responsibility to pay maximum attention to the administration of their economic resources is always at the service of these purposes," the document said.
The motu proprio, signed July 4, ensures "the clear and unequivocal distinction between control and vigilance, on the one hand, and administration of goods, on the other," according to a July 9 statement by the Holy See press office.