Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz: New Vatican Bank president 'likely within next few days'


Vatican City, - The Vatican's bank will have a new boss within the next few days, despite the shock created by the pope's resignation earlier this week, a spokesman said Wednesday. The hunt to find a replacement for the head of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), the official name of the Vatican's bank, is continuing successfully, said Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office. "It's likely that in the next days there will be the appointment of the president of the IOR," Lombardi said two days after Pope Benedict XVI announced he would resign as of February 28. "The process started a long time ago and I see no reason to stop due to the resignation of the pope". The IOR has been without a president since May 2012 when its Italian head Ettore Gotti Tedeschi resigned, following a no-confidence vote by the board of directors of the bank. The job was temporarily filled by Vice-President Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz. Vatican experts have speculated that part of the reason Gotti Tedeschi's split with the bank was over internal tensions linked to the bank's efforts to get onto an international 'white list' of countries which are considered to have acceptable financial transparency laws.

VATICAN CITY

Gazzetta del Sud

February 13