- Jan 18, 2020
Some Vatican observers now wonder if Pope Francis is getting enough of the high-quality briefings one needs to be a world leader, or whether Francis is relying more on his own instincts and informants who slip him unofficial information on the side.
Honduran Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, who is facing allegations of financial mismanagement, said Pope Francis has called him to express his full support for the prelate.
Before Christmas, the Vatican plans to launch its new multimedia communications website, although the Vatican Radio and Vatican Television Center sites will stay accessible as archives.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, a member of the Council of Cardinals tasked with reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, says that more than anything, there is a change in mentality that’s needed, which will take longer than simply reforming the Vatican’s structures, he said, but said the group is “rather confident that it will happen because the pope is giving very effective leadership.”
During this week’s meeting of the Council of Cardinals, the C9 discussed the role of the Roman Curia as “an instrument of evangelization and service for the pope and the local Churches,” decentralization, the role of apostolic nunciatures, and the “selection and competence” of curial personnel.
Bishop Marcello Semeraro said the Council of Cardinal’s work in advising Pope Francis on the reform of the Vatican’s organization and church governance – describing it as a three-step process of “listening” to the contributions from the bishops, the Roman Curia and “many people who have written,” reflecting on those proposals and checking them over – is almost done.