Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 30, 2020 / 10:30 am
Cardinal George Pell has said that the Church's spiritual mission is no excuse for bad management, and that financial corruption can pose a greater risk to clergy than sexual misconduct.
"Undoubtedly, money is one of God's gifts, it is also a source of temptation," Pell said in a video message delivered Tuesday evening to the Global Institute of Church Management at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.
"To say that the Church is not a business provides no justification for us to be inefficient much less for us to be corrupt."
Pell, the founding patron of the institute, was appointed by Pope Francis in 2014 to serve as the first head of the Prefecture for the Economy in the Vatican, charged with overseeing and reforming Vatican finances.