Institute for the Works of Religion
|Founded||27 June 1942 (absorption of the Administration of the Works of Religion)|
|Key people||Jean-Baptiste de Franssu (President)|
The Institute for the Works of Religion (Italian: Istituto per le Opere di Religione – IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank, is a privately held institute situated exclusively on the sovereign territory of the Vatican City and run by a Board of Superintendence which reports to a Supervisory Commission of Cardinals and the Pope. The Bank Identifier Code of the Institute for the Works of Religion is IOPRVAVX. Since 9 July 2014, its president is Jean-Baptiste de Franssu. The IOR is regulated by the Vatican's financial supervisory body AIF (Autorità di Informazione Finanziaria).
The institute was founded by papal decree of Pope Pius XII in June 1942. Its assets are not the property of the Holy See, and therefore it is outside the jurisdiction of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.[note 1]
In June 2012, the IOR gave a first presentation of its operations. In July 2013, the Institute launched its own website. On 1 October 2013 it also published its first-ever annual report which has been available for download since then.
On 24 June 2013, Pope Francis created a special investigative Pontifical Commission (CRIOR) to study IOR reform. On 7 April 2014, Pope Francis approved respective recommendations on the IOR's future which were jointly developed by the CRIOR and COSEA commissions and the IOR's management. "The IOR will continue to serve with prudence and provide specialized financial services to the Catholic Church worldwide", as the Vatican release stated.
On 7 April 2014, Pope Francis approved a proposal on the Institute's future, "reaffirming the importance of the IOR’s mission for the good of the Catholic Church, the Holy See and the Vatican City State", as it was stated in the Vatican's Statement.
- 1 Origin and mission
- 2 Organisation
- 3 Controversies
- 4 Process of reform
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Origin and mission
The Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) was founded on 27 June 1942 by Pope Pius XII. It absorbed the Amministrazione per le Opere di Religione (Administration of the Works of Religion), which had originated in the Commission for Works of Charity (Commissione ad pias causas) established by Pope Leo XIII on 11 February 1887. The IOR is not a department of the Roman Curia, the central administrative structure of the Roman Catholic Church. Nor is it a central bank.[note 2] With the creation of the "Secretariat for the Economy" on 24 February 2014, the APSA's role as the central bank of the Vatican was consolidated.
The purpose of the IOR is "to provide for the safekeeping and administration of movable and immovable property transferred or entrusted to it by physical or juridical persons and intended for works of religion or charity". The Institute does not use deposits to lend money and does not issue securities for resale or other financial products. The IOR's surplus is at the disposal of the Holy See, to which the Institute in 2012 made a contribution of €50 million.
In 2014, the Vatican officially confirmed the IOR's mission as provider of "specialized financial services to the Catholic Church worldwide." Furthermore, it was affirmed by the Vatican that the "valuable services that can be offered by the Institute assist the Holy Father in his mission as universal pastor and also aid those institutions and individuals who collaborate with him in his ministry".
According to its statutes, in effect since 1990, the IOR is composed of five elements:
- A Supervisory Commission of Cardinals with 5 members, appointed for renewable five-year terms, who elect their president. They are:
- Santos Abril y Castelló, Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major - President
- Josip Bozanić, Archbishop of Zagreb
- Thomas Christopher Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
- Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State
- Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna
- Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
- A Prelate, appointed by the Supervisory Commission of Cardinals with approval by the Pope, who acts as secretary of the Commission and attends meetings of the Board of Superintendence
- A Board of Superintendence, defining the strategy and ensuring oversight of operations. The mandate of the current members of the Board of Superintendence expires in December 2015.
- A Directorate, in charge of operational activities and accountable to the Board of Superintendence
- A Board of Auditors, charged with the internal audit of the IOR books and reporting to the Board of Superintendence
When the Holy See, whose tax-exempt status on income from Italian investments was revoked in 1968, decided to diversify its holdings, it employed as financial advisor Michele Sindona. The 1974 failure of Sindona's Franklin National Bank and the subsequent collapse of his financial empire, into which he had channelled part of the Holy See's investments, entailed losses for the Vatican estimated by one source at 35 billion Italian lire (£20 million).
In 1982, a major political and financial scandal connected with the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano involved the head of IOR from 1971 to 1989, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, who allegedly had given "letters of patronage" on behalf of the IOR in support of the failed bank. In 1987, an Italian court issued a warrant against Marcinkus, whom they accused of being an accessory to fraudulent bankruptcy. Marcinkus evaded arrest by staying inside Vatican City until the warrant was dismissed in 1991, whereupon he returned to his home country, the United States. Chairman of the Banco Ambrosiano and member of the illegal Masonic lodge P2, Roberto Calvi was convicted of violating Italian currency laws and fled on a false passport to London where he was found murdered under Blackfriars Bridge in London some days after he went missing from Milan. The Istituto per le Opere di Religione, then a 10% shareholder of Banco Ambrosiano, denied legal responsibility for the Banco Ambrosiano's downfall but acknowledged "moral involvement", and paid US$224 million to creditors.
Several books published during the 1980s and 1990s were highly critical of the Institute for the Works of Religion's historical relations with anti-communist governments. Tony Abse, writing in The Weekly Worker, an organ of the Communist Party of Great Britain, has said that the CIA used the Institute for the Works of Religion to funnel funds to the Solidarity Polish trade union "as part of the final offensive against the Soviet Union". The organization American Atheists says covert United States funds were channelled in the same way both to Solidarity and to Contra guerrillas.
Alperin v. Vatican Bank is a class action suit by Holocaust survivors against the Institute for the Works of Religion and Franciscan Order ("Order of Friars Minor") filed in San Francisco, California on 15 November 1999. The case was dismissed as a political question by the District Court for the Northern District of California in 2003, but reinstated in part by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2005. That ruling has attracted attention as a precedent at the intersection of the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA). The complaint against the Vatican Bank was dismissed in 2007 on the basis of sovereign immunity, but the case against the Franciscan Order continues as of 2009. According to one analysis, "the case is extremely complicated and potentially massive, considering the large class spread across many countries".
Judicial events and reorganisation (2010–2014)
In September 2010, Italian magistrates seized €23 million from the IOR, on the grounds that the anti-money laundering laws in force had been violated. The money was originally to be transferred from the Italian Credito Artigiano to JP Morgan Chase and another Italian bank, Banca del Fucino. Both the origin and destination of the funds were accounts under the control of the IOR. It was furthermore declared that Gotti Tedeschi and another IOR manager were under investigation for money laundering charges. On 31 May 2011, Rome's attorney general released the €23 million in assets which had been seized in September, apparently in acknowledgment of the steps taken in the following months to conform the Institute to international standards.
On 24 May 2012, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was ousted as Head of the Vatican Bank because of his alleged "failure to fulfill the primary functions of his office". In July 2013, the money laundering case against Gotti Tedeschi was dropped. In March 2014, he was again acquitted by the Roman court that followed the public prosecutor's position and relieved Gotti Tedeschi from any responsibility in that operation.
On 15 June 2013, with the approval of Pope Francis, the Cardinals' Commission appointed Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca as the Institute's Prelate ad interim. Following the nomination, the Italian media published reports that Ricca in the past allegedly was involved in consensual homosexual acts. There was also speculation that opponents of reform might have withheld information about possible scandals in Ricca's past or that they might have made up unfounded rumours about Ricca's past. It was reported that Ricca had offered his resignation because of the controversy, but the head of the Holy See's Press Office declared the accusations as "not credible" and Pope Francis himself informed journalists that an inquiry "found nothing".
On 28 June 2013, three persons were arrested by the Italian police on suspicion of corruption and fraud. Allegedly, they had planned to smuggle €20 million in cash from Switzerland into Italy. One of the arrested was Monsignore Nunzio Scarano, previously senior accountant at APSA, the Vatican's Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. Subsequently, he was indicted with corruption and slander and set under house arrest. On 21 January 2014, he was further charged with money laundering through IOR accounts in yet another investigation. According to a police statement, millions of euros in "false donations" from offshore companies had moved through Scarano's accounts. Already in July 2013, the IOR had frozen the money in Scarano's accounts. As news agency Reuters stated, §Elena Guarino, the Salerno magistrate who led the investigation, told reporters the Vatican was fully cooperative and gave her much information on Scarano's bank movements."
Process of reform
In June 1990, the IOR was re-structured by a Chirograph of Pope John Paul II, which established the IOR's present Statutes. According to Article 4 of the Chirograph, the Institute consists of five bodies: A Supervisory Commission of Cardinals, a Board of Superintendence, a Prelate, a Directorate and Board of Auditors. (see section 2 - Organisation)
Reform Steps 2010/2011
On 1 January 2010, a renegotiated monetary agreement between the EU and the Vatican City State entered into force, supplementing the monetary agreement between the Vatican City State and Italy from the year 2000. Having signed the agreement, the Vatican transposed EU legislation on euro counterfeiting and money laundering by the end of 2010 and accepted the European Court of Justice as the only jurisdiction responsible for settling disputes under the agreement.
On 30 December 2010, Pope Benedict XVI established the Vatican's independent Financial Intelligence Authority (Autorità di Informazione Finanziaria, AIF) to oversee the monetary and commercial activities of all Vatican-related institutions, including the IOR. The Vatican's so-called "financial watchdog" monitors all Vatican financial operations and ensures they conform with international norms against money-laundering and the financing of terrorism.
In June 2011, the Roman prosecutors ordered the release of the seized €23 million that should have been transferred via an IOR account at Credito Artigiano. According to the prosecutors, this request of release was due to the newly instituted mechanisms that should help the Institute to conform to international anti-money laundering and antiterrorist financing standards, such as the AIF's establishment.
Reform steps 2012
In July 2012, Moneyval, the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism, published and issued a report on the Vatican City State, by request of the Vatican itself. This was the first time that the Holy See had submitted its institutions and laws to the judgment of an international external auditor. The Italian news magazine l'Espresso called this "an historic watershed". The Vatican received grades of “compliant” or “largely compliant” on 22 out of 45 guidelines and adhered to international standards in 9 out of the 16 core points.
Moneyval stated that the Vatican "has come a long way in a very short period of time" and stated that the City State met the international requirements in 9 out of 16 core topics. At the same time, Moneyval requested further reforms to be enacted The Vatican expressed a goal to get into the so-called OECD white list which includes countries that comply with international anti-money laundering standards and regulations against tax offences.
In November 2012, a Swiss anti-money laundering expert, René Brülhart, was appointed director of the AIF. Previously, he had worked for the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in Liechtenstein as well as for the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units.
Reform steps 2013
On 15 February 2013, Ernst von Freyberg was appointed the IOR's President. Since the beginning of his tenure at the IOR, von Freyberg has focused on comprehensively reforming the Institute, stating he would focus on transparency  and a “zero tolerance” approach to any suspicious transactions.
In May 2013, the international consulting and auditing firm Promontory was assigned a forensic review and screening of the Institute's client relationships. In this context, all accounts of the IOR's 19,000 customers were being checked if they meet the respective criteria.
On 24 June 2013, Pope Francis created a Pontifical Commission, often referred to as the CRIOR commission, to review the IOR's status and activities. Its task was to "gather accurate information on the legal status and various activities of the Institute to permit, when necessary, a better harmonization of the said Institute with the universal mission of the Apostolic See". Its five members were Raffaele Farina (President) Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran, Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, Peter Brian Wells (secretary) and Mary Ann Glendon. The commission terminated its work in May 2014.
In July 2013, the Holy Sees's Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF), charged with monitoring the monetary and commercial activities of Vatican agencies, was admitted as a full member of the Egmont Group, an international network of Financial Intelligence Units.
On 1 October 2013, the IOR published its first ever annual report. The annual report is available for download on the Institute's homepage which was launched in July 2013. The report's figures were audited by the global accounting firm KPMG. According to the report, the Institute in 2012 had a net profit of €86.6 million, of which it has transferred €54.7 million to the budget of the Holy See to help the pope carry out the church’s global mission. Both measures - the annual report's publication and the launch of the website - were reviewed as remarkable signs of enhanced transparency and compliance: The Guardian called the website launch a "giant leap" and Reuters named it a "transparency drive".
Also in October 2013, newspapers reported that the IOR had requested around 1,300 customers to close their IOR accounts. Allegedly, this request was directed at lay account holders, who do not fit into any of the five categories of clients the IOR is legally allowed to have. The closures are said to be a result of the review process conducted by Promontory.
On 12 December 2013, Moneyval published its Progress Report that assessed the Holy See's progress made on measures to combat money laundering. It was stated that the IOR has made significant progress but at the same time needed more institutionalized internal controls, especially with regard to the AIF's watchdog function. Overall, the report was rated as the approval of the economic and financial reforms enacted since Pope Francis’ taking office.
Reform steps 2014
On 22 January 2014, the IOR published a report on the progress of the compliance and transparency program. IOR President Ernst von Freyberg commented on the release, stating that "it is very possible to reform an institution like the IOR". As regards compliance, the Institute has "used the past year to create the system and to analyse our customers for possible irregularities", the IOR's head furthermore explained. At the same time, there is still a lot do as regards transparency and compliance, Ernst von Freyberg concluded.
On 7 April 2014, Pope Francis decided on the future of the IOR: He ruled the IOR will stay operative and approved recommendations on the Institute's future, which were drawn up jointly by the papal commissions CRIOR and COSEA, by the IOR's management and by Australian Cardinal George Pell, head of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy. The decision was interpreted as a "backing" of the process of reform that has been intensified since Pope Francis and Ernst von Freyberg. The IOR itself stated that the Pope's decision "represents a powerful endorsement of our very mission and the hard work accomplished over the past 12 months."
In September 2014 the Cardinals’ Commission of the IOR has appointed Mauricio Larraín (Chile) and Mr. Carlo Salvatori (Italy) as members to the IOR Board of Superintendence. With these appointments, the IOR Board of Superintendence is now complete. Besides Mauricio Larraín and Carlo Salvatori, it is composed of Mr. Jean-Baptiste de Franssu (France), President of the Board, Mr. Clemens Boersig (Germany), Prof. Mary Ann Glendon (USA) and Sir Michael Hintze (UK), who assumed office on 9 July 2014. In addition to these six lay members of the Board, Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, Secretary-General of the Secretariat for the Economy, serves as its non-voting Secretary.
- The Annuario Pontificio lists it under neither "Holy See" nor "Vatican City State", placing it among charitable foundations. Annuario Pontificio 2012, pp. 1796-1803. John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel from global-mechanism.org
- This central banking function of the Vatican is regulated by the Monetary Agreement between the European Union and the Vatican City State, Monetary Agreement between the European Union and the Vatican City State authorizing the use of the euro as the official currency of Vatican City. Implementation of that Agreement and oversight of the Vatican law against money laundering and financing of terrorism is in the hands of the Financial Information Authority established by Pope Benedict XVI on 30 December 2010. Motu proprio for the prevention and countering of illegal activities in the area of financial dealings, Pope requires full transparency of transactions in the Vatican
- Specific citations
- (Italian) Cfr. art. 2 of the Chirograph signed by John Paul II
- "New Economic Framework for the Holy See". Vatican Information Service. July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
- Spiegel Online international: Vatican Financial Oversight Director: 'Church Strengthens Position By Combating Money Laundering', 18 March 2013
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- Annuario Pontificio 2012, p. 1908
- Roman Curia
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- Romans always love a Vatican scandal. But what if this time they're right?
- Style and substance
- "Post-WYD Surprise: Pope Francis Gives Wide-Ranging In-Flight Press Conference" (National Catholic Register, 29 July 2013)
- telegraph.co.uk, 28.06.2013: Spy, monsignor and banker arrested in Vatican bank fraud 'plot'
- news.com, 04.12.2013: Vatican official Monsignor Nunzio Scarano on trial for corruption, alleged plot to smuggle US$30 million
- BBC News, 21.01.2014: Vatican cleric Scarano charged with money-laundering
- Reuters, 21.01.2014: Arrested Vatican prelate in new money laundering charge
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- mondayvatican.com, 12 November 2012: The Vatican is steadily becoming more and more transparent. Proof of it is the appointment of an international expert to head its Authority for Financial Information
- Reuters, 31.05.2013: New Vatican bank head says mission is total transparency
- en.radiovaticana.va, 31.045.2014: Interview with IOR President Ernst von Freyberg
- ft.com, 31 May 2013: God’s new banker brings Teutonic thoroughness to Vatican
- telegraph.co.uk, 12 May: Overhaul of Vatican bank gathers pace
- CHIROGRAPH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ESTABLISHING A PONTIFICAL COMMISSION FOR REFERENCE ON THE INSTITUTE FOR WORKS OF RELIGION, vatican.va, 24 June 2013
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- Spiegel Online international, 09.10.2013: Vatican Moves to Close Dirty Accounts
- vaticaninsider.lastampa.it, 18.12.2013: IOR continues the process of closing down lay clients' bank accounts
- Council of Europe online, 12.12.2013: Council of Europe issues report assessing progress by the Holy See on measures to combat money laundering
- Reuters, 09.12.2013: Finance watchdog welcomes Vatican reform, urges bank oversight
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- AP, 08.04.2014. Pope lets Vatican Bank stay open
- General references
- John F. Pollard: Money and the Rise of the Modern Papacy: Financing the Vatican, 1850–1950 ISBN 0-521-81204-6
- Mark Aarons and John Loftus: Unholy Trinity: How the Vatican's Nazi Networks Betrayed Western Intelligence to the Soviets. New York: St.Martin's Press, 1992. 372 pages. ISBN 0-312-07111-6
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- Charles Raw: The Moneychangers: How the Vatican Bank Enabled Roberto Calvi to Steal 250 Million Dollars for the Heads of the P2 Masonic Lodge (Harvill Press, 1992) ISBN 0-00-217338-7
- Giancarlo Galli: Finanza bianca. La Chiesa, i soldi, il potere (Mondadori, 2004) ISBN 88-04-51262-8
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