Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone denies German tabloid report that he embezzled millions of Euros.
"With regards to the news circulating at this time, I affirm that there is no criminal investigation being carried out by the Vatican judiciary against Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone," said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombari, in a brief statement issued this afternoon.
The German tabloid
Bild published an article based on what they said were Vatican sources, alleging that the Holy See had launched an investigation into Bertone, who served as Secretary of State from 2006 to 2013. It claims the Vatican suspects that the Salesian cardinal, who came under fire for mismanaging Vatican communications under Pope Benedict XVI, stole 15 million Euros from Vatican accounts.
Bild. The report alleges that the shady transaction took place through a convertible bond and proceeded despite resistance from the Vatican Bank and under pressure from Bertone.
interview with ADNKronos, denied any wrongdoing. He said that the proceedings of a December 2012 meeting show that an agreement between the company and the bank was discussed and approved by his supervisory commission and by the superintendence board, according to a translation by La Stampa’s
The allegations about Bertone came out a day after the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency said that "corrective measures" were necessary at the Holy See’s troubled bank to continue the path toward financial transparency and compliance with international anti-money laundering norms, according to AP.
Financial Intelligence Authority Director Rene Bruelhart said a long-awaited investigation of the bank, known as the Institute for Religious Works, included looking into its practice of not disclosing the names of the true account holders in its transactions with Italian banks.