Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press | Apr 30, 2013
VATICAN CITY – A top Vatican official sought Tuesday to temper expectations of an imminent reform of the Holy See’s dysfunctional bureaucracy, even though Pope Francis has made clear it’s a key priority.
Monsignor Angelo Becciu, under-secretary of the Vatican secretariat of state, said it was “absolutely premature to put forward any hypothesis” about the reform and that Francis was still in a “listening” and discerning phase.
Cardinals who elected Francis pope in March insisted that fixing the Curia, as the Vatican bureaucracy is known, was a top concern. They want the Vatican, which is known for its slow pace and aloof attitude, to be more efficient and responsive to the needs of church leaders in the field.
Leaks of papal documents last year exposed the Curia as a dysfunctional Italian family business full of petty turf battles, political intrigues and corrupt business practices.
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