The people who work at the Vatican and in the Roman Curia are supposed to be “sensitive antennas” that faithfully transmit the desires of the pope and receive information from dioceses and Eastern Catholic churches around the world, Pope Francis said.
Remembering that the Curia exists exclusively for the service of the Gospel, the pope and the Church is the only way to counter “that imbalanced and degenerate logic of conspiracies or little cliques that, despite all their justifications and good intentions, represent a cancer,” the pope said on 21st December.
Holding his annual pre-Christmas meeting with top officials of the Roman Curia and Vatican City State and with cardinals living in Rome, Pope Francis said he wanted to build on his previous talks about the reform of the Curia by focusing on its relationship to the world outside the Vatican walls.
His reflections, he said, were based on principles and Church laws governing the Curia, but also “on the personal vision I have tried to share” as the process of reforming the Curia has unfolded.
The process began a month after he was elected in March 2013 and is ongoing, which brings to mind, he said, a saying attributed to a 19th-century Belgian cleric and Vatican statesman: “Carrying out reform in Rome is like cleaning an Egyptian Sphinx with a toothbrush.”
Still, he said, the process must continue for the good of the Curia itself, the good of the Church and, ultimately, the good of the world.
Picture: Pope Francis speaks during his annual pre-Christmas meeting with top officials of the Roman Curia and Vatican City State and with cardinals living in Rome in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican on 21st December. (CNS photo/Claudio Peri pool via Reuters).