After the stunning and very public Christmas 'dressing down' of his staff yesterday, 2015 is expected by some to bring some rigorous changes to curial life modelled on the US Marines. I apologise for the now familiar Hollywood film's dishonouring of the Holy Name contained within this movie snippet and for any swearing, but I couldn't help but think it portrays quite well in what direction the Pope's staff must feel things are going.
I guess that's the Vatican Office Christmas party cancelled this year then! This is that time of year when parish priests thank the many people who contribute through paid work and volunteering to maintain the running of the parish. Remember, Fathers, after you've thanked them to remind them of "the importance of not becoming clique-forming, hoarding, existentially schizophrenic, gossip-mongering, sufferers of spiritual altzheimers who are dominated by theatrical severity and sterile pessimism....and that's just the choir...Now for the altar servers..."