There is mutiny afoot in the Vatican's Swiss Guard, the world's smallest but probably most pampered army.
The focus of discontent at the barracks is what many papal bodyguards see as the heavy-handed policies of the current commanding officer, Colonel Elmar Theodore Mader, who has banned men from holding the traditional year-end parties on the terrace atop their barracks. Even senior officers have been forbidden to give cocktail parties, say Vatican sources.
Ordinary guardsmen are angry that rules preventing them from staying out at night in Rome after midnight are being rigidly applied in the holiday season while Capt Mader himself is frequently out at parties until the early hours of the morning.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Unrest among the Swiss guard?
This just showed up in one of my news feeds ... don't have time to dig more deeply into this, to get more background. The Independent story is a bit gossipy, and of course tensions and personality conflicts are to be expected in the Guard as in any other military body. I guess that's news?