Vatican The Bureaucracy

February 21, 2013 - 12:30 PM
FILE - This Sept. 15, 2006 file photo released by the Vatican's newspaper L'Osservatore Romano shows Pope Benedict XVI, at center, presiding a meeting with outgoing Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, left foreground in red, and the new Vatican's No. 2 official Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, right foreground in red, during a meeting at the Vatican. After 35 years under two "scholar'' popes who paid scant attention to the internal governance of the Catholic Church, a chorus is growing that the next pontiff must have a solid track record managing a complicated bureaucracy. Benedict was well aware of the problems, having spent nearly a quarter-century in the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. But he never entered into the Vatican's political fray as a cardinal _ and as pope left it to his No. 2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to do the job. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho, files)