Pope Francis I speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, March 13, 2013.
Now that the smoke has cleared—figuratively and literally—in Vatican City, one of the many issues facing the new head of the Catholic Church is pressure to clean up the Vatican's finances.
On the one side are those seeking greater transparency. On the other are those seeking to preserve the status quo and continue to operate under a blanket of secrecy.
The Vatican Bank and America's banks have much in common—both have lost their way, and now efforts are underway to rein them in.