ROME, September 27, 2010 – The imminent promotion of Salesian Fr. Massimo Palombella as the new director of the Sistine Chapel choir is the latest in a series of appointments that have changed the visible face of the Vatican curia, in the five plus years of Joseph Ratzinger's pontificate.
There are, in fact, two curias around the pope. There's the one that the general public hardly sees, made up of the classical dicasteries: the secretariat of state, the congregations, the pontifical councils. The final decisions of this curia are made public, but little is seen or known of the toil that precedes these decisions.
But there is also a curia that, by its nature, is more outwardly projected and visible. It is that of the museums, the library, culture, the pontifical choir, the media. Much of the operation of this other curia is done in view of the general public.