At the Vatican, Enter the Turnstiles
The swipe cards have reportedly been received without complaint by the lay staff but some older clerics have been heard grumbling that Pope John XXIII abolished timekeeping in the early '60s.Keep in mind that it was Pope John who, when asked how many people worked in the Vatican, famously replied "about half."
The fondly remembered 'good pope', a progressive, thought that keeping staff on the clock worked against the flexibility they needed.
According to reports out of the Vatican, elder clerics are complaining that clocking in and out is a headache when they have to leave the office on twice-weekly pastoral duty.
In reality, though, a healthy number of officials keep at their desks well into the evening... time cards or not.