Pope Francis on Wednesday announced that Catholic Church does not want people to donate “dirty money” earned by abusing low-paid workers, and other related crimes, The Vatican reports.
The pope, in a bid to clean up the Catholic Church’s finances, made this statement during his weekly audience at the Vatican.
The pope said:
Church does not “dirty money” donations earned from abusing low-income workers given to the church.
Some donors come to the Church offering profits from the blood of people who have been exploited, mistreated, enslaved with badly paid work.
Francis said during his regular weekly audience with pilgrims at the Vatican.
I will say to them: ‘Please take your money away, burn it’
Pope Francis has made safeguarding the poor and cleaning up Vatican finances the principal task of his office as a Pope.
The people of God…do not need dirty money, they need hearts that are open to God’s mercy.
The pope, who was in Mexico sometime ago speaking up for poor migrants, has defined money as “the dung of the devil” and he expressed his disapproval about the evils of unbridled capitalism, causing castigation from some U.S. business leaders.
Francis after becoming a pope tasked a panel created for the audit to address financial problems and figure the best way to devote the Church’s resources to good works, particularly, charity work and rending help to vulnerable populations.
As part of his efforts, Francis increased the powers of the Vatican’s financial intelligence authority.
In spite of the recent efforts, European financial watchdog Moneyval has suggested more aggressive effort for Vatican, recommending prosecution of financially linked crimes.
Since the pope started leading the Church in 2013, Pope Francis has often issued statements concerning the unspeakable importance of transparency with Church funds. He has always advocated for Church money to be channeled into transparent charity work.
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