Posts Tagged ‘Reform’

Pope’s annulment reforms run into Italian snag Comments 0

Friday, June 17th, 2016

A working group involving the Vatican and Italian dioceses has been set up to interpret Pope Francis’s reform of the marriage annulment process. As part of the reform, Pope Francis repealed aspects of a motu proprio from Pope Pius XI that set up regional tribunals in Italy. In the wake of Francis’s reforms, the Roman Read more

Vatican bank board members resign amid slow reform Comments 0

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Two Vatican bank board members have resigned amid what one source says is frustration at the slow pace of reform. Two experienced bankers, Italian Carlo Salvatori and German Clemens Boersig, resigned from the board of the Institute for the Works of Religion. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said this followed a “divergence of opinion over Read more

Curia blamed for delaying abuse-related reforms Comments 0

Friday, February 19th, 2016

A member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has detailed two instances where she believes the Roman Curia has frustrated reform. Marie Collins, an abuse survivor, referred to commission’s proposal that a Vatican tribunal be set up hold bishops to account for their handling of abuse cases. This was approved by the Read more

200 theologians call for fundamental changes in Church Comments 5

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Two hundred theologians have declared that reform of the Roman Curia must be widened to become reform of the whole Church. The theologians, from throughout the world, issued a declaration at the end of a theological congress in Germany earlier this month. The title of the gathering in Munich was “Opening the Council – Theology Read more

Theologian slams making Humanae Vitae into fetish Comments 3

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

An Irish theologian has slated US bishops for making “Humanae Vitae” into a “fetish” by which the Catholic Church is publicly known. Augustinian Fr Gabriel Daly said the 1968 encyclical by Pope Paul VI which banned contraception had never been accepted by the Church at large. The priest, 88, said this is in a lecture Read more

Francis outlines vision of Church unafraid of change Comments 5

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Pope Francis has outlined a comprehensive vision for the future of the Church, which requires a deeply merciful Catholicism unafraid of change. Francis told a national Italian church conference in Florence that Catholics must realise: “We are not living an era of change, but a change of era.” “These times of ours demand that we Read more

Scandals won’t deflect Pope from reform: Cardinal Comments 0

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Despite opposition from some quarters and fresh revelations of Vatican scandal, Pope Francis is at peace with his reformist course, a senior advisor says. Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said that anyone trying to do good “will have opposition”. “The books of the Bible said, especially the Book of Wisdom, ‘If you want to follow Read more

Papal household chief thinks Curia reform not needed Comments 0

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The prefect of the papal household has said he believes reform of the Vatican bureaucracy is not necessary. Archbishop Georg Ganswein told a German website that to speak of “curial reform” is “somewhat of an exaggeration”. “I personally can see no significant reason which would necessitate a reform of the Curia at the moment,” he Read more

Catholic reformist leaders to gather in Ireland Comments 0

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Catholic reform leaders from around the world will meet next week in Ireland for a conference organised by a censured Redemptorist. The International Network of Church Reform Movements conference, organised by Fr Tony Flannery, is expected to attract 40 representatives. Fr Flannery said the topics expected to be discussed include the “reform agenda of Pope Read more

Vatican questions before family synod called self-defeating Comments 1

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

An international Catholic reform network has denounced as self-defeating the official Vatican set of questions before October’s synod on the family. Catholic Church Reform International has created its own alternative 20-question survey which is open to Catholics worldwide. The reform network is made up of representatives of more than 100 groups in 65 countries. At Read more