- Nov 27, 2020
Talk to many Vatican personnel today, and they’ll tell you that they’ve been living in a state of low-level anxiety for the past two years or so. Many don’t know if their jobs will still be there when the music stops, and in the meantime, it’s extremely difficult to think ahead or plan long-term projects.
The Council of Cardinals met for the 17th time this week, focusing on synodality and the Church’s “missionary drive.” There was no talk about the “dubia” regarding “Amoris Laetitia,” Vatican spokesman said and added that “it is not the purpose” of the Council.
As part of Pope Francis’s ongoing financial clean-up operation at the Vatican, the Holy See and Italy have entered into a new agreement that requires all individuals and entities with accounts at the so-called ‘Vatican bank’ to report income for Italian tax purposes.
Reform never happens all at once, and, frankly, at the level of details it’s often boring as hell. Statutes for a new communications department approved by Pope Francis and released Thursday don’t exactly make gripping reading, but they suggest that reform is becoming irreversible.
Pope Francis was elected in March 2013 on a reform mandate, and quickly got to work trying to clean up Vatican finances. The effort has been beset with headaches and tensions, however, and two new key figures who’ve faced questions marks themselves are now set to play a more prominent role.
From the outside it might seem counter-intuitive that any Catholic bishop or priest wouldn’t want a Vatican job, but there are at least five good reasons why many actually don’t. As a result, popes have to consider not just who has the competence, but who’s prepared personally and emotionally to give it their best.