Cardinal Pell, currently in Roman on a sabbatical has given a new interview to Vatican Insider on Curial reform.
In it, he repeats that unfortunate line used to explain the Pope's absence from a concert arranged for the Year of Faith, that Pope Francis "doesn’t want the Vatican to be seen as a Renaissance court or even an 18th century court". The sentiment itself is fine - but repeating it after the phrase was used as an excuse for why the Pope didn't turn up at the last minute for an important event is, to say the least, unfortunate.
But of most interest will surely be the Cardinal's ideas on what needs to be done by way of reform of the Curia.
Bring back the typing pool!
Journalist Gerald O'Connell asked:
You are one of the eight cardinal advisors of Pope Francis. What are the two or three main reforms that you would really like to see done in the Vatican now?
The Cardinal apparently replied:
Well I come from the English speaking world, where we are a non-imaginative, practical lot so rather than starting with a grand re-configuration of the Curia - which incidentally I think to some significant extent will happen, I think we should try to look at particular problems such as, for example, do we have enough typists in the Vatican? How many people with doctorates are spending their time typing? Now that’s only one small example of the practical problems that exist today.
The Vatican: Yesterday's Technology Today!
Seems like Fr Z's has summation of the Vatican's standard approach as 'Yesterday's technology tomorrow' still has some champions.
In fact probably lots of them given the breathless tone of this VIS item today announcing that the Vatican has discovered the idea of electronic video files:
"...Vatican Television is in the process of completely digitizing its television signals....
The new, technologically advanced structure will allow the transformation into and usage of the signals as “files”, with clear advantages for their exchange and storage.
The entire process, from shooting, to editing, to archiving, will become “tapeless”, that is, without the use of the magnetic tapes that are still the weak point in the creation and maintenance of valuable archives such as Vatican Television's, which holds 30 years of images from the pontificates of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and now Pope Francis...."
***Pope Francis releases handwritten document
And if you were in any doubt about the Vatican's Luddite tendencies, starting at the very top, get this - the document commissioning a group to inquire into the Vatican Bank was released in the Pope's own handwriting!