Years ago in the hall of the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio I ran into the then-Prefect Cardinal Ratzinger, who was always happy to chat and let me pick his brains.
On one occasion, he quipped that he was glad that Peter stopped in Rome and did not go north to Germany. “Imagine”, he said, “were the Vatican in Germany, the efficiency with which we could be making our mistakes”.
Today I read at the site of Sandro Magister something that amused me greatly:
ROME, June 13, 2013 – All that was lacking was a guru from McKinsey to design that reform of the curia which everyone expects from Pope Francis. And here he comes.
His name is Thomas von Mitschke-Collande, he is German and was the manager of the Munich branch of the most famous and mysterious company of managerial consulting in the world.
In matters of the Church, he knows his stuff. Last year he published a book with a title that was hardly reassuring: “Does the Church want to destroy itself? Facts and analyses presented by a business consultant.” The diocese of Berlin turned to him to get its accounts back in order, and the German episcopal conference asked him to draw up a plan to save on costs and personnel.
Is this Schadenfreude I am feeling?
Imagine: German managerial experts applying their tools in the still predominately Italian Roman Curia!