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Old 30th Dec 2020, 20:53
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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a...ions-nnsg5cq7r

Australian bishops ask Pope to investigate missing billions

Roman Catholic bishops are to formally request that the Pope launches an investigation into how A$2.3 billion (£1.3 billion) was transferred from the Vatican to Australia over six years without their knowledge.

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference said that it was “astonished at the scale of the transfers” from the Holy See’s secretariat of state between 2014 and this year.

No Australian Catholic, diocese, charity, religious order or church entity received any of the billions of dollars, according to Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane and the president of the Conference.

The bishops’ action comes days after a report from the Australian government agency responsible for detecting criminal abuse of the financial system (AUSTRAC) found the transfers. The Australian federal police is now investigating some of the transactions.

Archbishop Coleridge told The Australian: “What is certain in the middle of great uncertainties is that Australian bishops did not know about these transfers until the AUSTRAC disclosure last week and we were astonished at the scale of the transfers.”....

Archbishop Coleridge, who served in the Vatican secretariat of state for four years, said that he was aware of claims that “cipher accounts” were being used in the Vatican’s name by people who were not part of the Holy See to make international transfers and investments.

On Monday the Pope signed a new law that stripped the Vatican’s secretariat of state of all its financial and real estate assets amid a growing investment scandal. Cardinal Becciu, who was asked to resign by the Pope over a different allegation in September, has denied any wrongdoing.
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Australian Cardinal George Pell was appointed by the Pope in 2014 to head up the Vatican financials where he found some self serving practices (corruption). Might it be the corrupt were squirreling away ill gotten gains, the 2014 for both events date can't be just coincidental.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/v...16-p56o4c.html

https://www.americamagazine.org/fait...terview-239367

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera speculated that Vatican investigators were looking into whether Pell’s nemesis at the Vatican, ousted Cardinal Angelo Becciu, wired 700,000 euros ($823,000) in Vatican money to a bank account in Australia, and whether that money was tied to Pell’s sex abuse trial.
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Religion isn't the oldest profession in this world but it's the biggest money spinner.
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Old 31st Dec 2020, 09:36
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Presumably one could buy all of Australia for that amount?
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Old 31st Dec 2020, 10:38
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Perhaps the Pope is playing the Australian property market.

That's quite a sign from up above.
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Old 31st Dec 2020, 11:11
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Was there a fire sale that year?
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Originally Posted by megan View Post

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera speculated that ....Pellís nemesis at the Vatican, ousted Cardinal Angelo Becciu, wired 700,000 euros ($823,000) in Vatican money to a bank account in Australia, and whether that money was tied to Pellís sex abuse trial.
The fascinating rumour that there was big money behind Pellís prosecution has been around for a while, but I doubt any relevant Australian Ďauthorityí would be very keen to dig up the truth.

Great title Orac, by the way.
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Old 1st Jan 2021, 01:22
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Presumably one could buy all of Australia for that amount
Heh, I don't come that cheap.
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Oops..

AUSTRAC claimed the Vatican wired $2.3 billion to Australia. The true figure was $9.5 million
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/...13-p56txc.html
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Can't be that's 10% of their Gross National Product
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Old 13th Jan 2021, 23:09
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You could buy a few bottles of Grange for that.
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