“…despite Ricca’s well-documented scandalous past, the Pope has decided that this morally reprehensible character is still the best candidate to represent him in his efforts to clean house at the IOR! To put it mildly, this is problematic. From every possible perspective, the Pope looks bad. Ricca has made him look bad. The parallel powers at the Vatican who concealed Ricca’s past have made him look bad. And it’s just possible that, if Fr. Lombardi can be believed to truly represent the intentions of Pope Francis, the Holy Father has made himself look bad.”
— Philip Blosser, “Dances with Wolves, Vatican Style” http://pblosser.blogspot.com/2013/10/dances-with-wolves-vatical-edition.html#more
His desire to prune and hedge the Curia is very admirable, even noble, but the naivete with which he seems to be going about it is pitiable, if not pitiful. Will Pope Francis find himself ensnared and undermined by Vaticanisti as Benedict XVI did? Let us pray not.