The workers of the smallest state in the world feel unjustly wronged by an austerity policy, decided by the Pope himself, which hits them hard. They have just confided their bitterness in an unprecedented petition.
Thoughtful, the Sovereign Pontiff reads the mail that one of his secretaries has just given him. For the first time in the history of the Church, at the end of May 2021, a petition from Vatican employees has just landed on the desk of Peter's successor—Francis has definitely become the pope of all possibilities!
A petition, or rather a protest, which does not spare the person of the Argentine pontiff: the signatories express their “regret and (their) deep discouragement” at the recent economic decisions taken by Francis.
They even go so far as to denounce “the inconsistencies which still exist in the Vatican, and which make the present provisions disproportionate, turning to the detriment of honest employees,” as reported by Il Fatto Quotidiano, which, on May 19, 2021, published the most significant extracts of the mail.
In fact, the quarrel has been heating up between the Holy Father and his employees since March 24, 2021: on this date, Francis signed a motu proprio motivated by “the deficit which has characterized the management of the Holy See for several years,” and whose provisions relate exclusively to ecclesiastical and religious personnel.
In order not to lay off staff, spending must be further contained: “an economically sustainable future now requires, among other decisions, the adoption of measures concerning staff salaries,” writes the Pope.
“For us, there does not seem to be an economically sustainable future,” responds the shepherd to the shepherdess - the petitioners, who believe that the measures he is taking are going against them: “hiring freeze, suspension of promotions, non-compensation of overtime or hours spent at home in the context of remote work, all of this has only worsened the working conditions of Vatican employees,” they denounce.
“What are we paying for, Your Holiness?” ask employees who are reluctant to play the scapegoat. “For the coffers of the Obolo destined for the poor, [part of which was allegedly misappropriated in connection with the purchase of a building in London, Editor's note] to increase the salaries of lay leaders or for the very expensive external consultants that they regularly use?”
To conclude, the protesters - who are not lacking in spirit - question the management of the State: “we cannot help mentioning to His Holiness the concept of just reward evoked in the Gospel of Saint Matthew... How much more will we have to sacrifice to pay for a budget deficit that certainly does not derive from our misdeeds?”