Posts Tagged ‘Roman Curia’

New book claims most Vatican priests are gay Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

A new book claims 80 percent of Vatican priests are gay – although not necessarily sexually active – and details how they adhere to an unspoken code of the “closet”. “Inside the Closet” will be released in eight languages across 20 countries next Wednesday – the same day as the Vatican conference on sexual abuse Read more

Vatican says three cardinals leaving C9 won’t be replaced Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Pope Francis has released three cardinals from the C9 – his Council of Cardinals. Members of the Council (known as the C9 because there are nine cardinals making up the papal advisory group) advise the pope on Church governance and reform. Its work places a special emphasis on the reform of Pastor Bonus, the apostolic Read more

Anticipating a reforming pope’s radical plan to curtail the Roman Curia Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018
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Some are cautiously looking forward to it with hopeful expectations. Others are fearing it with dread and despair. It’s the upcoming reform and restructuring of the Roman Curia. As Massimo Faggioli recently pointed out, it could be one of the most significant structural changes Pope Francis makes in a determined effort — contested by some Read more

New papal diplomat department established Comments 0

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

A new papal diplomat department inside the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has been established. The department will oversee papal diplomats’ selection and work, career advancement and working conditions. Named the “Section for the Diplomatic Staff of the Holy See”, the new department will be led by Archbishop Jan Romeo Pawlowski. About 300 priest diplomats will Read more

Vatican’s auditor general quits suddenly Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The Vatican’s first ever auditor general, Italian financier Libero Milone, has resigned. He has not given any reasons for his unexpected departure from the post, which he has held for just two years. His role was to help ensure transparency in the Vatican’s finances. In a statement, the Vatican said: “It is noted that Doctor Read more

Five great achievements of Pope Francis’ first four years Comments 0

Monday, March 13th, 2017

It is hard to believe but Pope Francis is coming up on the fourth anniversary of his election as pope on March 13. In four years, the pope has had a profound impact on the church. True, he has not changed the church’s position on birth control, celibacy, women priests and gay marriage, but he Read more

Vatican names head of new mega-department on laity, family and life issues Comments 0

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Bishop Kevin Farrell will lead the Vatican’s newly created mega-department on the family, laity, and life issues. The new office is part of Francis’ attempt to reform the Roman Curia, meaning the government of the Catholic Church. Born in Ireland in 1947, Farrell has served as bishop of Dallas since 2007. Starting Sept. 1, he’ll Read more

New relationship between laity and clergy needed: Cardinal Comments 0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

One of Pope Francis’s top advisers says a new relationship between lay people and clergy is needed in the Church’s institutions and organisations. German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, a member of the Pope’s council of cardinals, spoke at a conference in Dublin, Ireland. The cardinal later told CNS, “When you see the institutions and the organisation 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

Martini sided with Ratzinger in 2005 to prevent curial pope Comments 0

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini played a decisive role in the 2005 conclave that elected Benedict XVI in order to prevent the election of a “curial candidate”. This is among the recollections of Jesuit Fr Silvio Fausti who was the late Cardinal Martini’s confessor and spiritual guide. Fr Fausti died on June 24, but his views Read more