February 12th, 2013
03:03 AM ET

Pope fell short in cleaning up finances

By Mark Thompson,CNNMoney

London (CNNMoney) - Pope Benedict made cleaning up the Vatican's reputation for shady money one of his priorities, beefing up the city-state's laws and hiring a top Swiss financial crime fighter to raise standards to international levels.

Independent experts say much progress has been made in a short period of time. But the Pope resigns with the Vatican still falling well short of its goal of inclusion on a "white list" of states and embroiled in an embarrassing row with the Bank of Italy.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Business • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Sara Howells

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcyW7rMYR7A&autoplay=1&version=3&hl=en_US%5D

    February 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  2. melillyb

    He's getting out while the getting is good....there's probably something big waiting to come out into the light, and he's heading for higher ground. The pope's not sick....he's smart!

    February 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      February 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
  4. Friar Duck

    Follow the money. Trillions of dollars scattered across the face of the Earth.
    Money laundering for centuries.
    It goes somewhere.

    February 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
  5. Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

    Catholics are not true Christians

    February 12, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • VanHagar

      So, by your name therefore, they don't truly suffer from a severe mental illness?

      February 12, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • Akira

      Nonsense. Catholics are just as Christian as any other Christian denomination.

      February 12, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
  6. ..

    Pope fell WAY short in cleaning up other messes as well. Like DNA.

    February 12, 2013 at 10:04 am |
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