Press here for John Allen of Crux take on who the pope is accusing!
UPDATE: This is the "VATICAN INSIDER, LA STAMPA" headline:
Pope Francis again upbraided the high-level Catholic prelates that run the Vatican bureaucracy in an annual pre-Christmas speech Dec. 21
I think the bombshell remark that seems directed to Cardinals Mueller, Burke and maybe Sarah are these:
Here let me allude to another danger: those who betray the trust put in them and profiteer from the Church’s motherhood. I am speaking of persons carefully selected to give a greater vigour to the body and to the, but – failing to understand the lofty nature of their responsibility – let themselves be corrupted by ambition or vainglory. Then, when they are quietly sidelined, they wrongly declare themselves martyrs of the system, of a “Pope kept in the dark”, of the “old guard”…, rather than reciting a . Alongside these, there are others who are still working there, to whom all the time in the world is given to get back on the right track, in the hope that they find in the Church’s patience an opportunity for conversion and not for personal advantage. Of course, this is in no way to overlook the vast majority of faithful persons working there with praiseworthy commitment, fidelity, competence, dedication and great sanctity.