The report carried in Crikey on the significance of the appointment of Cardinal George Pell to his new role at the Vatican is full of so many inaccuracies and so much hype from an obvious devotee that it seemed to me more an exercise in public relations on behalf of His Eminence than anything else.

Firstly, the job. It is just fanciful to see this position as anything of the type your correspondent reports it as. Other devotees (such as Greg Craven of the Catholic University in Sydney) have suggested similar exaggerations: that the appointment is to be likened to that of a treasurer in the Westminster system of cabinet government.