Lord Patten has spent his professional life working for institutions which can no longer command the deference they thought of as their right.’ Photograph: Matt LLoyd/Rex Features Pope Francis has done many unexpected things in the last year but his decision to put the former chairman of the British Conservative party, Lord Patten, in charge of shaking up the Vatican’s communications is astonishing. This appointment is part of Pope Francis’s assault on the Vatican’s authoritarian incompetence. It goes along with the clean-up at the Vatican Bank, the establishment of a proper budget for the Vatican City, which has hitherto