There is a legend that Pope John XXIII (soon to be saint it seems) was asked the question, "How many people work at the Vatican," and he replied, "About half." Whether the stuff of legend or not, might it not shed some light on a current comment by our current pontiff?
My sister was somewhat upset that Pope Francis was going to do away with the "court" aspect of the Vatican. I think she interpreted that to mean that he is doing away with all that is dignified about the Vatican and indeed the pope does seem to tend toward the more simple yet elegant. But I don't think that is that to which this current statement refers. It seems to lean toward those who hang around the Vatican like courtiers of a king or queen who seem to make do by their association with "the court" rather than actually doing anything beneficial. I picture Pope Francis with a broom and taking it to the backside of some idle flatterer drinking his espresso in the papal palace (where the pope himself has refused to sleep) and saying, "Get out there! DO something! This is about the people, particularly those in need! Not hanging around the house drinking my coffee and sleeping in until all hours!" (This, I hope, is a grave hyperbole, but you get my point.)
All sorts of popes have reforms; reforms of the clergy, reforms of the liturgy, and now we will have a reform of Vatican life particularly the bank! The problem is that we do not exactly know what is changing or why and that can be scary.
I recently was in a beautiful church in Ontario and there was scaffolding up in the nave. "What's going on here?" I asked what turned out to be the maintenance man.
"Oh, they're redoing the church."
"Are the renovating or restoring?"
He thought about it a little bit and then said, "I think renovating."
What does that mean? Are they painting and fixing up or are they replacing the pews with prayer mats and hanging lava lamps from ceiling? I have no idea and if it were my parish, I would be nervous about not knowing.
So if you read something about the pope that makes you nervous (and there are plenty of nervous - and some excited,) PLEASE do not take what you are reading in the paper is the truth, the WHOLE truth, and nothing but the truth. There are so many places to look on line to find the complete statement and in context.