The Pope intervenes Caritas International before deficiencies in the management

Pope Francis has appointed a temporary controller for Caritas Internationalis, an organization belonging to the Catholic Church that brings together 162 national organizations that deal with fighting poverty, after “deficiencies in management procedures” were observed with consequences for their staff.

In a statement, the Vatican Department for Integral Human Development, on which Caritas Internationalis (CI) depends, explained that at the beginning of the year “an evaluation was commissioned regarding the work environment in the General Secretariat of CI in line with the values Catholics of human dignity and respect for each person”.

The evaluation was carried out by a panel of independent experts, which included psychologists and from which “no evidence emerged of financial mismanagement or inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature, but other important issues and areas of urgent attention were revealed.” “Shortcomings were noted in management procedures, which also had a negative effect on team spirit and staff morale,” the report concluded without elaborating.

In a decree published by the Vatican, it is explained that in order to improve the fulfillment of Caritas’ mission towards the poorest and most needy, “it is necessary to review the current legal framework so that it is better adapted to the statutory functions of the organization and prepare it for the elections to be held at the next General Assembly”.

For this reason, this Tuesday Pier Francesco Pinelli was appointed as extraordinary commissioner (controller) “to lead the organization temporarily and with all the powers of government, in accordance with common law and the Statutes and Regulations of the Institution and with full power to repeal them, if deemed appropriate or necessary

With the entry into force of this measure, all members of the Council of Representatives and the Executive Committee, the president and vice presidents, the general secretary, the treasurer and the ecclesiastical assistant, the note adds.

In this way, the Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, also current Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, will no longer be president of Cáritas internacionalis.

It is specified, however, that “the measure will not have an impact on the functioning of the member organizations and on the charity and solidarity service that they carry out around the world; What’s more, it will serve to reinforce said service”.

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