Pope Francis has scrapped off tribunal privileges awarded to bishops and cardinals who work in the Vatican.
Previously, offending bishops and cardinals were judged only by the Court of Cassation, a top body made up of cardinals and another high-ranking clergy.
The Pope says the civil law within the Vatican shouldn’t include any privileges: “Civil law should be without privileges that go back in time and are no longer consonant with individual responsibilities.”
The new laws will streamline the process of handling financial matters where cardinals and bishops are expected to be accountable.
If a cardinal or bishop is accused of any gross misconduct, Pope Francis must approve any investigations or trial.
The new changes are expected to make it easier to investigate and prosecute a Vatican-based bishop or cardinal. They also broaden protections by giving them two chances to appeal.
Pope Francis Plan
On Thursday, April 29, 2021, Pope issued another directive mandating full economic disclosure and controls for Vatican managers, including cardinals, and stipulating that no one can accept personal gifts worth more than 40 euros.
Last year, Pope Francis fired Cardinal Angelo Becciu from a top Vatican post after allegations of embezzlement and nepotism.