Perhaps the biggest question that this examination raises is the extent to which Francis wishes to - or indeed is able to - start coming clean over child abuse by requiring reporting to secular authorities, and cooperating with them by providing information which the Vatican has hitherto kept secret and instructed others to do likewise.
It would be something only unimaginable to my mind, to receive a phone call from some stranger permanently inflicting me with the knowledge that my father had set himself on fire. On Thursday, a fifty-one year old man decided he would stroll into St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, pour petrol over his own body and set himself on fire for the whole world to see.
On 27 October Pope Francis celebrated his account's ten millionth worldwide follower with a tweet. Such an engagement with new technologies may indeed be a truly important step on the Church's path to renovation... However, it also entails a much greater challenge; one that the Vatican might not be entirely prepared to take up.