Posts Tagged ‘Roman Curia’

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

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

Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia is moving too slowly Comments 0

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Fr Thomas Reece SJ

As Pope Francis approaches the second anniversary of his election as pope, progress on reforming the Vatican Curia is moving too slowly. It should be moving faster. The College of Cardinals met in consistory on Feb. 12-13 to review the progress made so far and to discuss future reforms. The cardinals heard from the nine-member Read more

Calls for qualified professionals and women in Curia Comments 0

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

New cardinal hopes reform will see Vatican speak for voiceless Comments 0

Friday, February 13th, 2015

One of Pope Francis’s new cardinals hopes reform of the Roman Curia will see the Vatican becoming “the voice for the voiceless”. Cardinal-designate Berhaneyesus Souraphiel from Ethiopia said the Catholic Church is a great institution with presence around the world. He voiced particular concern about people in East Africa who are being displaced from their homes Read more

Curia reform: Congregation for the Laity Comments 1

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The creation of a new Vatican Congregation for the Laity appears to be a likely first step in the reform of the Roman Curia. Many are welcoming this as a recognition that the laity have just as important a role in the church as bishops, clergy and religious, each of which has a congregation dedicated Read more

Pope moves Cardinal Burke out of Roman Curia Comments 3

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Raymond Burke as Patron of the Order of Malta, in a move which leaves the US prelate out of the Roman Curia. Cardinal Burke, 66, was formerly the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s highest court. His role in the Order of Malta is largely a ceremonial one, without Read more

First woman on Vatican congregation surprised at appointment Comments 0

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The first woman to be appointed to a Vatican congregation sees the move as a realisation of Pope Francis’s wish for more women in official Church positions. Sr Luzia Premoli, superior general of the Combonian Missionary Sisters, was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples on September 13. She told the Read more

Roman Curia reform not revolutionary, papal advisor says Comments 0

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