Senators Risa Hontiveros and Richard Gordon on February 26 complimented Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle for his new appointment as one of two heads of Vatican “central bank” and expressed confidence that Tagle would straighten the office previously wracked by scandals from corrupt practices and financial malfeasance.

Tagle has been in the Vatican since February 2020 when he formally assumed his post as head of Propaganda Fide. Two months later, May 2020, the pontiff elevated him to the order of “cardinal bishops,” the highest rank within the College of Cardinals.

He was also named member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in July last year. Presently, Tagle is serving his second and last term as president of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of Catholic charities around the world.

The new appointment made Tagle one of the two new members of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA).

APSA is the Vatican’s treasury which also oversees its real estate holdings and other sovereign assets and administers the payroll and operating expenses for the Vatican City.

“We have no doubt about (Tagle’s) integrity, faithfulness and good heart,” Hontiveros said in a statement.  “I believe this is the reason why Pope Francis trusted him to take care of the financial assets of Vatican, which has since been plagued by scandals,” she pointed out.

Last year, Pope Francis pursued reforms in the Vatican which has been plagued by financial scandals and intrigue.

On Tagle’s new appointment, Gordon said: “I’m very proud, not only as a senator and as a Filipino.”

Gordon said the additional post given to Cardinal Tagle carries a huge responsibility and challenge.

Bilang Pilipino at kahit na sino ay mahihirapan diyan. Pero alam kong kayang-kaya ni Cardinal Chito yan sapagkat alam naman natin na nananalig siya palagi,” he added.

“Natutuwa ako para sa mga magulang ni Cardinal dahil talagang maipagmamalaki nila ang kanilang mga anak, especially si Cardinal Chito at ngayon ay siya pa ang mangangasiwa ng lahat ng mga patrimonial property ng buong Simbahang Katoliko.” Gordon said.

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