Pope Francis, cardinals set to rewrite Church’s constitution

Pope Francis and eight cardinals are set to meet at the Vatican this week to revise the Church’s constitution, news reports said.

The Telegraph quoted Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras saying the cardinal have received suggestions on Vatican reform from around the world.

The current Church constitution was drawn up in 1988 by Pope John Paul II.

The pope and the cardinals are scheduled to meet from Oct. 1-3. After the meetings, Pope Francis will review proposals for changes to the constitution, according to Rome Reports.

The Telegraph said Cardinal Maradiaga announced that the cardinals were planning to go much further that just changing “this and that” in the Constitution.

“We need to write something different,” Maradiaga was quoted as saying.

Gerard O’Connell, a Vatican analyst at the Vatican Insider, said that in the past the Vatican has just revised existing rules, “so this is a rupture after a century of increasing centralization.

The seven other cardinals who will attend the meetings are Francisco Javier Errazuriz from Chile, Oswald Gracias from India, Reinhard Marx from Germany, Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya from Congo, George Pell from Australia, Sean Patrick O’Malley from the United States and Giuseppe Bertello of Italy.


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