The reform of the Roman Curia goes on “according to the established program”, but the Pope, in a letter to the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal. Pietro Parolin, signaled the emergence of “some problems, to which I shall promptly solve”. The Pope wanted to reiterate that the current transition period “is not a time of lawlessness. Therefore, I can confirm that the Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus, with its subsequent amendments, and the General Regulation of the Roman Curia” are still fully in force.
In the missive, Bergoglio stressed that “while the reformation process of some of the structures of the Roman Curia, of which is taking care the Council of Cardinals I constituted on September 28, 2013, is making progress according to the established program. I have to detect how emerged some problems, which I shall promptly solve”. Since compliance with common rules “is necessary both to ensure the orderly conduct of the work in the Roman Curia and in the institutions connected to the Holy See, in order to ensure a fair treatment, also from an economic standpoint, to all the collaborators, I direct – warned the Holy Father – that what was determined must must be observed in the aforementioned documents, as well as in Regulation for the senior layman staff of the Holy See and the State of the Vatican City and in the regulation of the independent commission of assessment for lay staff recruitment inside the Apostolic See”.
It follows also, Bergoglio emphasized in the letter, that the “recruitment and transfers of personnel must be made within the limits of the staff tables, excluding any other criterion, with the nulla osta of the Secretary of State and in compliance with the prescribed procedures, including reference to the established wage parameters. All this, as far as compatible with the regulations, applies also to the Governorship of the State of the Vatican City and the Institutions employees of the Apostolic See, even if not expressly stated in the Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus, except the Institute for the works of religion”. The Pontiff asked the Cardinal Parolin “to bring to the knowledge of the superiors of the departments, offices and agencies of the Roman Curia, as well as that of the committees, commissions, and associated institutions, of the Governorate, the dispositions I called up , highlighting the aspects that require greater attention, and to monitor their compliance. While thanking you for your cooperation in communion of intention and prayer, I cordially greet you in the Lord”.