The First Papal Curia Reform

I found a very interesting paragraph in an article from Vatican Insider. It seems that some members of the Curia and hangers on have noticed that Pope Francis does not cotton well to extravagance and have decided to modify their big spending ways, before the Pope modifies it for them.
Meanwhile, pending potential future reforms, "self-reform" has started in the Roman Curia and in whoever gravitates around the Vatican. The Pope may not wish to use the flagship vehicle of a fleet of luxury sedans but several of those who were accustomed to using them are beginning to wonder how they can continue to do so. Some men with links to the Vatican financial institutions have been left hanging: "The new Pope is not Italian, he is not European, and he is unfamiliar with the way things work here... Italy could become a country like any other." There is one particular concern meandering in the Tower built by Nicholas V, the headquarters of the IOR, the Institute for Works of Religion. Hundreds of thousands of euros were spent on just one market research study and the finger is pointed at the president of the "Vatican Bank". People who are used to using the large official vehicles of the Vatican fleet to ferry them back and forth are beginning to think that it might be much better to take a taxi. Better not to risk it. The Pope, who is used to taking the minibus with his "Cardinal brethren", standing in line for breakfast at the self-service restaurant in the Domus Sanctae Marthae and settling his hotel bill in person, could look out of the window and see that he is surrounded by people who are not getting the drift and not following suit.
Such showiness, privilege, and waste have no place in the Vatican or the Church. So now they don't want to get caught by the Pope. I suppose they forgot that God was watching too.

*subhead*Reform thyself*subhead*


  1. I love that last line! It's a little something I'm guilty of forgetting fromtime to time... ;-)

  2. I love that last line! It's a little something I'm guilty of forgetting fromtime to time... ;-)

  3. Frugality is good too. Save the formality and pomp for celebrations directed toward God, not towards worldliness.

  4. I think it is more that divestment; that would be the negative aspect. The positive is solidarity with the poor - charity, witness to the value of things unseen and the vanity of worldly wealth - evangelization.

    This makes the enemies of the Church do a double take and even lend an ear.

  5. Even if no one else sees, your Father in heaven sees.


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