What was Paul VI thinking with the reform? Obviously he was a man torn by doubts, tormented by scruples, haunted by thoughts of perfection, it is said, and above all dominated by an exaggerated conern-some called it an obsession-about the prestige of his office as pope. His innumerable statements on the subject were made on almost every occasion. He wanted to protect the papacy. Maybe he thought the reform would would bring greater prestige to the already under siege office of chief pastor.