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Pope seeks ideas for reform of Roman Catholic Church

Pope seeks ideas for reform of Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis has appointed a group of Cardinals to study reforming the Roman Catholic Church. CNN reports:

Pope Francis has appointed a group of eight cardinals from around the world to look into ways of reforming the Catholic Church, the Vatican said Saturday.

The group, which includes U.S. Cardinal Sean O’Malley from Boston, will examine ways to revise the Vatican constitution, Pastor Bonus, which sets the rules for running the Roman Curia, or church hierarchy.

The Catholic Church has faced calls for reform in the wake of scandals involving the sexual abuse of children by priests and allegations of corruption.

The Rev. Thomas Rosica, issuing guidance on behalf of the Vatican, said the group of cardinals was just that — “not a commission, committee or council.”


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Randy Marks

I went to the Pastor Bonus, which is the constitution of the Vatican, and found, under Part I, General Norms, this section:

“Council of Cardinals

for the Study of Organizational and Economic Questions of the Apostolic See

Art. 24 — The Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Questions of the Apostolic See consists of fifteen cardinals who head particular Churches from various parts of the world and are appointed by the Supreme Pontiff for a five-year term of office.

Art. 25 — § 1. The Council is convened by the cardinal secretary of state, usually twice a year, to consider those economic and organizational questions which relate to the administration of the Holy See, with the assistance, as needed, of experts in these affairs.

§ 2. The Council also considers the activities of the special institute which is erected and located within the State of Vatican City in order to safeguard and administer economic goods placed in its care with the purpose of supporting works of religion and charity. This institute is governed by a special law.”

I wonder whether this Council actually ever did anything.

Another interesting part is that there are 5 year term limits. See, earlier in General Norms: “Art. 5 — § 1. The prefect or president, the members of the body mentioned in art. 3, § 1, the secretary, and the other senior administrators, as well as the consultors, are appointed by the Supreme Pontiff for a five-year term.”

But I get impression that the term limits were ineffective or ignored.

Jesse Snider

The Cardinals are the wrong group. Ask the hurting, the disenfranchised, the poor, the people of God. The Curia is the problem, American bishops who see themselves with self import are the problem. Talk to the ‘populo dei’


Study Reforming: Good. (ACTUALLY Reforming the RCC: Better!)

CARDINALS doing the studying? Ack, Try Again.

SRSLY, the cardinals can be PART of the solution. But they can’t play the leading part. They’re too much of the problem!

JC Fisher

Deacon Charlie

I’m very sorry, but I just can’t resist: Isn’t a group of cardinals called a flock?

On a more seriious note I must say I grew more impressed with Francis everyday. He seems much more in the mold of John XXIII than his two most recent predecessors.

[Deacon Charlie- please sign your name when you comment. Thanks ed.]

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