Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pope says Vatican shouldn't be 'bureaucratic customs house' | National Catholic Reporter

Pope says Vatican shouldn't be 'bureaucratic customs house' | National Catholic Reporter

In what amounts to his first “State of the Union” speech, Pope Francis warned Dec. 21 that without a spirit of service the Vatican risks becoming no more than a “heavy bureaucratic customs house,” and insisted that its personnel shouldn’t constantly be “inspecting and questioning.”
The pope did not roll out a specific reform plan, but laid out the basic values he believes curial personnel must have: professionalism and a dedication to service.
Francis also issued another strong call to resist gossip, calling on curia personnel to become “conscientious objectors” to the “unwritten law” of the Vatican, which is a temptation to gossip that’s “harmful to people, our work and our surroundings.”
Francis made the comments in the pope’s annual year-end speech to the Roman Curia....

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