Pope Francis told Vatican administrators today (December 21, 2015) that he intends to press ahead "with firm resolve" to cleanse the Church's bureaucracy which has been rocked by scandals and charges of greed and corruption, according to the Reuters website.
In traditional Christmas greetings to the Curia -- the central Vatican administration -- the 79-year-old pontiff's speech was dominated by his intentions of ridding the Vatican's bureaucracy of spiritual "diseases," a reference to alleged corrupt practices among top administrators.
"It seems necessary to state what has been, and ever shall be, the object of sincare reflection and decisive provisions. The reform will move forward with determination, clarity, and firm resolve..." he said.
Joking that some in the Curia still needed "Curial antibiotics," he added that "diseases and even scandals cannot obscure" the good work that many of them do for the 1.2 billion-member Church.