Rome Newsroom, Oct 5, 2020 / 09:30 am
Enrico Crasso, a longtime investment manager for the Vatican, has defended his stewardship of Church funds controlled by the Secretariat of State, saying investement he made were "no secret."
Crasso, who worked with the Vatican starting in 1993, was named in reports last month alleging that Cardinal Angelo Becciu used millions of euros of Vatican charity funds in speculative and risky investments, including "loans" for projects owned and operated by Becciu's brothers.
In an Oct. 4 interview with Corriere della Sera, Crasso denied managing "confidential" accounts for Becciu's family.
On Sept. 24, Becciu was asked by Pope Francis to resign from his Vatican job and from the rights of cardinals following the report. In a press conference, the cardinal distanced himself from Crasso, saying he did not follow his actions "step by step."