Even Vatican workers have to clock in

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From the Italian news service ANSA:

The tiny state on the Tiber has issued new cards to all employees from the lowest office staff to the grandest heads of departments – even if they are priests or bishops.

The swipe cards have reportedly been received without complaint by the lay staff but some older clerics have been heard grumbling that Pope John XXII abolished timekeeping in the early ’60s.

Apparently,  the timekeeping is part of a new “meritocracy drive at the Vatican, which is set to introduce performance-related pay next year.” Really. Imagine. What would Jesus pay?

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