VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without mentioning questions about possible financial irregularities, Pope Francis has placed the Sistine Chapel Choir under the direct supervision of the office of papal liturgical ceremonies and appointed an archbishop as financial officer.
The decisions announced by the Vatican Jan. 19 focus on the choir’s history as a showcase of “artistic and liturgical expression at the service of the popes, initially inside the splendid chapel from which it draws its name.”
Because music is “a true liturgical ministry,” the pope said, it makes sense to place responsibility for the choir under the master of papal liturgical ceremonies, currently Msgr. Guido Marini. The choir had been under the Prefecture of the Papal Household, although with great autonomy.
Pope Francis also named Archbishop Guido Pozzo, secretary of the former Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei,” to be the choir’s financial superintendent.
The Vatican press office had confirmed in September that Pope Francis had “authorized an investigation into the economic-administrative aspects of the (Sistine Chapel) Choir,” particularly regarding the use of income from concerts.
Dating back to 1471, the Sistine Chapel Choir is one of the oldest choirs in the world and is made up of 20 men and 30 boys.
In a time of crisis CatholicPhilly.com keeps the information flowing
During the current coronavirus crisis, you can help CatholicPhilly.com deliver the kind of news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live ― every day.
Budgets are tight at this time, and CatholicPhilly's is no different than those of most families. We make sure your donation in any amount will go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103