VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday fired your entire leadership of the Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide charity arm following accusations of bullying and humiliation of staff, and appointed a commissioner to run it.
The shock transfer concerned the executives of Caritas Internationalis (CI), a Vatican-based confederation of 162 Catholic aid, growth and social providers organizations working in additional than 200 nations.
The sackings of the manager stage of CI, which has greater than one million workers and volunteers around the globe, had been introduced in a papal decree launched by the Vatican press workplace.
A separate assertion from the Vatican’s growth division, which oversees CI, mentioned a assessment of the office atmosphere this 12 months by exterior administration and psychological consultants discovered malaise and dangerous administration practices at its headquarters.
Present and former staffers informed Reuters of instances of verbal abuse, favoritism, and common human sources mismanagement that had led some workers to depart. CI relies in a Vatican-owned constructing in Rome.
“No evidence emerged of financial mismanagement or sexual impropriety, but other important themes and areas for urgent attention emerged from the panel’s work,” the assertion from the event workplace mentioned.
“Real deficiencies were noted in management and procedures, seriously prejudicing team spirit and staff morale,” it mentioned.
It mentioned that whereas “financial matters have been well-handled and fundraising goals regularly achieved,” administration norms and procedures needed to be improved.
A CI spokesperson referred all inquiries to the assertion.
Among those affected by the decree was Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who was nominally president of Caritas however was not concerned within the day-to-day operations. His predominant job on the Vatican is head of the Church’s missionary arm.
The president’s place is historically held by a cardinal.
Tagle, a Filipino who is usually thought of a attainable future pope, will step down as president however stay in a brand new position to assist the commissioner sustain relations with nationwide Caritas workplaces and put together for election of a brand new leadership subsequent 12 months.
Two present Caritas insiders and one former staffer, all of whom spoke to Reuters on the situation of anonymity, mentioned the decree was aimed on the administration practices by the workplace of the outgoing secretary common and the board.
The previous staffer mentioned staff had left jobs on the headquarters as a result of of a local weather of bullying, worry and “ritual humiliation.”
Other than Tagle and one priest, all members of the CI government had been lay folks. — Reuters