Vatican police raid Secretariat of State looking for evidence of financial corruption

Vatican police raided its personal Secretariat of State this morning to grab evidence linked to suspicious financial transactions which were allegedly carried out over time.  

According to a bulletin released by the Holy See’s Press Office, “documents and electronic devices” had been seized from “certain offices of the First Section of the Secretariat of State and the State Financial Information Authority.” 

The raid was approved by Gian Piero Milano, the “Promoter of the Justice of the Tribunal”, i.e. the Vatican City prosecutor, and Alessandro Diddi, the “Adjunct Promoter.”   

The operation was “linked to complaints” made final summer season by the Vatican Bank, formally often called the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), and the Office of the General Auditor a few quantity of financial transactions “carried out over time”.  

The Secretariat of State is, roughly talking, the civil service of the Holy See, directing the actions of the Curia, helping Nuncios and dealing with diplomatic relations with different states. It is presently headed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who succeeded Cardinal Tarciso Bertone as Secretary of State in October 2013. 

The “First Section” of the Secretariat of State is the Section for General Affairs, which is anxious with filling curial places of work, publishing official paperwork, and diplomatic work. It has been headed by the Venezuelan Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra since October 2018. As the “Substitute” of this part, Peña Parra is the equal of a “Chief of Staff” and the third highest-ranking prelate within the Holy See.    

Peña Parra is a controversial determine. According to Vatican whistleblower Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, he has been accused of gross immorality by a bunch of laypeople in Venezuela. Also, the Substitute claimed in a letter to an Argentine choose this June {that a} bishop accused of sexual abuse in opposition to seminarians in Argentina had a job in Rome, despite the fact that this prelate, Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, had been suspended since this January.

The Substitute can be close friends with Honduran Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga and his ex-auxiliary bishop, Juan José Pineda Fasquelle, who was credibly accused of sexually abusing seminarians and of financial impropriety.