WorldThe Pope dismisses the management of the organization Caritas

The Pope dismisses the management of the organization Caritas


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The Pope Francisco on Tuesday removed Caritas Internationalis management and appointed a temporary board after an external review found management and morale problems at the Vatican’s vast international charity.

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The Holy See said in a statement that the review found no evidence of financial mismanagement or sexual misconduct. But he said other problems arose, with “real deficiencies” found in management “Seriously damaging the team spirit and morale of the staff.”

CEO Aloysius John, who was elected in a contested vote in 2019, was ousted, as were the leadership team.

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The changes do not affect the leadership of any of the 162 national relief and development organizations that make up the global Caritas confederation.

Caritas Internationalis is one of the main charitable organizations of the Holy See and acts as a grouping of various national and regional federations operating in more than 200 countries. The Rome-based organization reported revenue of about 5.1 million euros ($5.2 million) in 2020 and expenses of 4.4 million euros, according to its annual balance sheet.

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The Indian-born John was brought onto the Caritas Internationalis board of directors as director of development in 2013 by the previous secretary general, Michele Roy, of the French Caritas known as Secours Catholique. When Roy’s term ended, John ran for the post of general secretary and won after other candidates withdrew, and after he initially failed to achieve a majority of votes.

A former Caritas employee who cooperated with outside investigators said he witnessed instances of harassment and incompetence during John’s tenure, most notably in handling a sexual abuse scandal at Caritas operations in the Central African Republic. The former employee spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.

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In late 2019, responding to a CNN investigation, Roy admitted that he learned of pedophilia allegations against the director of Caritas in Bangui in 2017, but said he left the matter up to the priest’s supervisors to investigate. They never investigated, and CNN identified at least two child victims while the priest was still in the country.

John did not respond to an email requesting comment.

Source: Elcomercio

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