The Vatican chaos as seen from Germany (Main Forum)
Der Spiegel has a fascinating 3-part article about the chaos in the Vatican, by Fiona Ehlers, Alexander Smoltczyk and Peter Wensierski
Exhausted in the Vatican: the Final Battles of Pope Benedict XVI
A "reform of the Curia" is probably a contradiction in terms. Its hierarchical, essentially medieval organizational model is incompatible with modern management. The Vatican is an anachronistic, albeit surprisingly tenacious system, in which pecking orders and an absurd penchant for secrecy and intrigue prevail. "The only important thing is proximity to the monarch," says a member of a cardinal's staff. Rome works like an absolutist court, one in which decisions are made by people whispering things into the others' ears rather than by committees. "There are many vain people here, people in sharp competition with one another," the staff member adds.