Fidelis dispensator et prudens

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Fidelis dispensator et prudens is the title of the apostolic letter in the form of a motu proprio from Pope Francis , which he promulgated on February 24, 2014 . It bears the subtitle: "On the establishment of a new coordinating body for the economic and administrative affairs of the Holy See and the State of Vatican City".


As a cardinal , Jorge Mario Bergoglio had called for a reform of the Curia before his election as Pope Francis . After his election on March 13, 2013, he confirmed the heads and members of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia as well as the secretaries and the president of the Pontifical Commission for the State of the Vatican City in their offices. A month later he set up an eight-member council of cardinals to prepare a reform of the curia. Even his predecessor Benedict XVI. (2005–2013) had started to scrutinize the economic and financial conduct of the Vatican; in the course of these measures, this letter was published on February 24, 2014 and the orders were implemented .

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In his introductory remarks, Pope Francis invokes the "faithful administrator" who has the task of carefully managing the property entrusted to him. In particular, economic and financial management is an important area that has a special relationship with the Pope's pastoral office . The decisions in this muto proprio, he writes, are based on the reports of the study and planning commission, which had been set up with his chirographer on July 18, 2013 and it was also a result of the consultation with the cardinal council appointed by him. The Pope laid down further details:

  • Establishment of an economic council with the task of "following closely the conduct of economic affairs and of overseeing the structures and administrative and financial activities of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the institutions associated with the Holy See and the State of Vatican City" . It is staffed by eight economically and financially competent cardinals and bishops and headed by a cardinal as coordinator.
  • As a further dicastery of the Roman Curia, an economic secretariat is set up; it controls the economic council and is directly responsible to the Holy Father . “It also implements the policies and procedures related to purchases and the appropriate distribution of human resources, respecting the institution's own competencies. The competence of the secretariat therefore extends to everything that in any way falls within the above-mentioned area. ”A cardinal prefect is appointed as head of the economic secretariat , who works with the state secretariat . The Cardinal Prefect will draw up the statutes of the Economic Council, the Economic Secretariat and the General Auditor and submit them for approval by the Pope . A prelate is appointed as general secretary to support the cardinal prefect .
  • Finally, a general auditor is established who takes over the audit of the economic council.

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Individual evidence

  1. Lk 12.42 in the Vulgate : “ Dixit autem Dominus: Quis, putas, est fidelis dispensator, et prudens, quem constituit dominus supra familiam suam, ut det illis in tempore tritici mensuram? ”( Lk 12.42  VUL ) -“ The Lord answered: Who then is the faithful and wise steward whom the Lord will appoint so that he will distribute food to his servants at the right time? ”( Lk 12.42  EU ) - Of that the first derivative words of the Apostolic Exhortation: "As the faithful and wise administrator"
  2. ^ Letter from the Pope with his own signature
  3. Compare the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus