Pope Francis has appointed six women to oversee Vatican finances, including Ruth Kelly, former Minister of Labor, in the most senior role ever assigned to a woman in the leadership of the Catholic Church.
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Pope Francis Appointed Six Women To Help Vatican Finance During Pandemic

Pope Francis has appointed six women to oversee Vatican finances, including Ruth Kelly, former Minister of Labor, in the most senior role ever assigned to a woman in the leadership of the Catholic Church. This appointment marked Francis’s most significant step in fulfilling his promise to place women in leadership positions. To date, all 15 members of the Economic Council are men. By law, the council must include eight bishops – who are always male – and seven lay people.

Six Women With Well-Known Financial Background Skill

“The most important thing is that all these six women are part of a group that basically oversees all of the Vatican’s financial activities” said Joshua McElwee, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. All of these women have a very high skill about financial and all are European, their name are Maria Concepción Osácar Garaicoechea, Eva Castillo Sanz, Leslie Ferrar ( Prince Charles’s former treasurer ), Charlotte Kreuter-Kirchhof, Marija Kolak, The only layman on the council was Alberto Minali, a former managing director of Generali, an Italian insurance company. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Vatican Museum has a sharp drop visitors which is the cash cow for the Holy See. Kelly, 52, was the Guardian’s economics correspondent for four years in the 1990s, and later held a number of cabinet and ministerial posts in the Labor government under Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, heading the education, transport, and community and local government departments. In her last role, she was also Minister for Women.

At the age of 36, she was the youngest woman to sit in the British cabinet. But Kelly’s shocking appointment of Blair as education secretary confused her colleagues who thought others were more qualified. She has four children – the first born 11 days after the 1997 elections – in her first five years as a member of parliament.

The staunch Catholic religion and membership of Opus Dei – a closed, deeply conservative and influential group within the Roman Catholic Church – have undermined the rights of women and LGBT activists. She rejected calls to drop out of the group, saying, “This is a personal spiritual life and I don’t think it’s relevant to my job.”

But she has ruled out working at the Ministry of Health for opposing abortion, and at the Ministry of International Development for encouraging the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV / AIDS. Kelly resigned from the cabinet in 2008, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family and not run for the 2010 elections. She joined HSBC and moved in 2015 to St Mary’s University, at Twickenham. Farrer, 65, spent seven years as treasurer of the Prince of Wales, before working for KPMG. Since leaving the royal household, he has held several non-executive leadership positions, including at the Institute for Works of Religion, better known as the Vatican Bank.