If the Pope is the singular authority, why is the Vatican Bank so hard to get into shape?
The Popes have tried. It isn’t as if they haven’t. As the Pope is the supreme and absolute authority, shouldn’t it have been somewhat easier to get it to work the way it should? It’s not as if he has to answer to anyone who might oppose him.
As we know, Pope Benedict wasn’t even told when the man he chose to head it was sacked. He had to find out on the news. Doesn’t the Pope’s judgement always override everyone else’s?
If even Pope Francis admits that the IOR has been mismanaged, we cannot deny it. We have a lot to be proud about that the Popes have been working to reform it. Still, it’s strange that a body whose purpose is to support the mission of the Church and answers only to the prudent men who served as Pope could be so mis-managed and hard to tame.