Cardinal George Pell said this week that the Church’s spiritual mission is no excuse for bad financial management. Source: CNA.
“Undoubtedly, money is one of God’s gifts, it is also a source of temptation,” Cardinal Pell said in a video message delivered on Tuesday to the Global Institute of Church Management at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.
“To say that the Church is not a business provides no justification for us to be inefficient, much less for us to be corrupt.”
Cardinal Pell, the founding patron of the institute, was appointed by Pope Francis in 2014 to serve as the first head of the Prefecture for the Economy in the Vatican, charged with overseeing and reforming Vatican finances.
“Money is a tainted thing. I thoroughly enjoyed my work with money – it is quite fascinating – but it needs to be controlled and managed.”
“The Church is not a business,” Cardinal Pell said, “the Church is supernatural […] but we believe in the incarnation, that God sent his only son to come and live with us. So we bring the presence of Christ and of God into our communities and we have to use money and methodology to do this.”
“I am not suggesting for a minute that our priorities should be inverted,” Cardinal Pell said.
The cardinal praised the work of the institute and said that it is essential for those charged with management roles in the Church to foster discipline and virtue.