Two board members of the scandal-marred Vatican bank have resigned over disagreements about the management and mission of the institution.

Under Pope Francis, the Institute for Religious Works has sought to be less a profit-at-all cost investment vehicle for the church and more a service-oriented foundation that helps religious orders, in particular, and Vatican officials manage their money.

The Vatican said Wednesday that the resignation of Clemens Borsig and Carlo Salvatori from the bank's board "can be seen in light of legitimate reflections and opinions" about the management of such an unusual institution.

The IOR, as the bank is known, has been going through a years-long process to comply with international anti-money laundering norms after a series of scandals.