René Brülhart, who served as president of the Financial Information Authority until November 2019, was paid as a consultant by the Secretariat of State at the same time he held a financial oversight position, The Pillar has confirmed. The arrangement could be seen to violate the impartiality required for Brülhart’s work in financial law enforcement. He was indicted this month for alleged abuse of his Vatican office. Brülhart’s financial relationship with the Secretariat of State was confirmed to The Pillar by his lawyer on Monday. Brülhart’s lawyer says the arrangement was above board and that a contract between his client and officials of the Secretariat of the State is in the possession of Vatican prosecutors. But two sources in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and Secretariat for the Economy say questions about Brülhart’s dual roles have gone unanswered, and are likely at the center of prosecutors’ investigations into the former Vatican official.President of Vatican financial authority had ‘consulting’ deal with Secretariat of State – by The Pillar – The Pillar
CWN Editor’s Note: René Brülhart, the former head of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF), was a paid consultant to the Secretariat of State, the PIllar news site reports. Brülhart, who resigned in November 2019, now faces charges for allegedly failing to exercise proper oversight over transactions by the Secretariat of State. He was apparently paid for consulting work arranged by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who also faces legal charges for organizing the questionable transactions. Brülhart’s lawyer does not deny the consulting relationship, but Vatican sources tell Pillar that the arrangement—which appears to create a conflict of interest—was not disclosed to the Secretariat for the Economy.