2 Former Vatican Employees are Suing the Vatican for $9.5 Million

Two former Vatican employees are suing their former employer for the equivalent of 9.2 million euros (9.5 Mil. USD) in damages. According to media reports (Thursday), the former general auditor Libero Milone (pictured above) and his deputy Ferruccio Panicco are demanding compensation for loss of earnings, damage to reputation and mental suffering.

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According to the reports, they also want to publish documents about financial misconduct by other Vatican employees. Francis created the office of auditor general in 2015 as part of his curia reform and filled the post with Milone.

The reports say former General Auditor Libero Milone and his deputy also want to publish documents about financial misconduct by other Vatican employees

He previously worked for the international auditor Deloitte and the United Nations. In June 2017, the Vatican announced that Milone had been released without notice. The auditor general was accused of overstepping authority and snooping on the private lives of bishops and cardinals. According to reports, the dismissal went through the then second man in the Vatican Secretariat of State, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.

He is currently having to defend himself in front of the Vatican Criminal Court together with nine other defendants for various financial crimes. At the time, the Vatican spoke of a termination of the employment relationship "by mutual agreement". Milone, on the other hand, said soon after his release that he was forced to sign a prepared letter of resignation. The Vatican denied this accusation. Apparently, the Vatican is also investigating Milone.