A Vatican document that governs papal interviews has come under fire for requiring papal aides to record their interactions with the press.
In an October 2010 document on papal contacts, the Vatican asked all members of the papal household to attend weekly mass.
The document also mandated that a daily schedule be maintained.
In response, the Council of Cardinals said that the document was based on a misinterpretation of the Holy See’s teaching on papas duties.
The Holy See, however, defended the document, saying it was intended to protect the dignity of the pope and his family.
The Council of the Vatican has said the document has no impact on the work of the Church.
The papal advisers also need to be in contact with the pope in real time, said the documents’ authors, Father John Allen and Father Daniel Mancuso, who also wrote the 2010 document.
The Vatican has also issued a decree in March 2012 that requires all members to record at least 30 minutes of every papal meeting.
The new requirement, the papalysts argue, is a necessary safeguard for the papacy, and the papally advisers’ conversations are necessary to communicate with the public.
The papal adviser needs to be “comfortable and ready to answer questions that come from the public” if he is not already doing so, they said.
“The press, however,” they added, “should be protected in their role of the press.”
The Vatican’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The documents’ recommendations come as the Church’s financial situation continues to worsen and the number of people who cannot afford to pay their taxes has grown.
The Vatican recently announced it was delaying the payment of taxes for all of 2012, with a total of more than 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 billion).
The Vatican also announced it would be cutting salaries for the Vatican’s top two cardinals, Archbishop Fulton Sheen and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz.