Posts Tagged ‘Reform’

Vatican questions before family synod called self-defeating

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

Consistory Cardinals sense Francis is getting ‘the work’ done

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The establishment of two new congregations–the first for Laity-Family Life, the second for Charity-Justice-Peace, which includes a new office for ecology–were among the proposals for reform of the Roman Curia that were presented to the College of Cardinals on Feb. 12 at the opening session of a two-day meeting in the Vatican. There is as Read more

Calls for qualified professionals and women in Curia

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Calls were made by some cardinals at the Vatican last week for qualified professionals from all over the world to work in the Roman Curia. Some of those who spoke at a consistory said there is a need for an enhanced role for laity, particularly women. Dozens of cardinals spoke about the work of the Read more

Talks start to reconcile reformist theologian with Rome

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Talks aimed at reconciling a leading advocate of Church reform with Rome were scheduled to be held in Dublin last week. Fr Tony Flannery, who had been banned from ministry by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was due to meet senior members of the Redemptorist order to which he belongs. Fr Sean Read more

Roman Curia reform not revolutionary, papal advisor says

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The reform of the Roman Curia is not a revolution, says one of the senior cardinals advising Pope Francis. Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who co-ordinates the council of nine cardinals advising the Pope, said reform of the curia is a normal response to changing times. The current process may feel different because Pope Francis Read more

Vatican bank has new president as net profit plunges

Friday, July 11th, 2014

A new president has been announced for the scandal-plagued Vatican bank, as it was revealed that the institution’s 2013 net profit had plunged. Some 3000 accounts have been also purged from the bank in the last year, with almost 400 not meeting stricter client criteria, requiring a close link with the Church. French financier Jean-Baptiste Read more

The Pope, Groucho Marx, and Church secrecy

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

I would venture to say that Pope Francis and the comic genius Groucho Marx could agree on one of Groucho’s famous one liners: “I would never join a club that would have me as a member.” Though the pope may never have heard the line, he would know what Groucho meant. Groucho’s humour had an instinctive Read more

Church: A future, but not as we know it

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

It is difficult to overestimate the rate and depth of change and the collapse of a phase of the Church’s life that is currently underway. Throughout the world, but particularly in Ireland, the sense of the end of an era that delivered the largest growth in the history of the Church, something foundational is happening. Read more

New Secretary of State misses hand-over ceremony

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The new Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, has officially assumed his new role, but he could not attend the hand-over ceremony because of emergency surgery. The reason for the surgery was not made known at the time, but a Vatican source later said the 58-year-old archbishop — seen as the key person to Read more

Vatican City cracks down on suspicious transactions

Friday, October 11th, 2013

The Vatican City State has adopted a new law cracking down on financial transactions that could enable money-laundering and imposing a new level of transparency and supervision. The Holy See Press Office said the new norm, Law XVIII, “strengthens the current internal system for the prevention and countering of money laundering and the financing of Read more