- Nov 26, 2020
The Council of Cardinals discussed ways the Curia can better serve the local churches during their 20th round of meetings in Rome this week. The cardinals proposed “a spirit of healthy decentralization” by transferring some faculties from Vatican dicasteries to local bishops or episcopal conferences.
There were only small changes this time during the meeting with Pope Francis and selected cardinals this week. The aim of the Council of Cardinals is to reform the Roman Curia and last fall it established the new dicasteries. During this session the council focused on regulation within the departments.
Recently Pope Francis’s “C9” council of cardinal advisers issued a statement supporting the pope in light of recent attacks, and the intent was clearly noble. It’s worth pondering, however, if it could have unintended consequences, including pressuring other bishops to follow suit.
After issuing a statement giving its support to Pope Francis and his pontificate, the Council of Cardinals continued discussions on reforming the Roman Curia, focusing on how new bishops are chosen and the streamlining of several offices, including the Vatican tribunals.
“In relation to recent events, the Council of Cardinals expresses its full support of the work of the Pope, while ensuring full adhesion and support to his person and his Magisterium,” a Vatican communique stated in the wake of several attacks and criticism toward Pope Francis’s pontificate.
The Council of Cardinals met for the 17th time this week, focusing on synodality and the Church’s “missionary drive.” There was no talk about the “dubia” regarding “Amoris Laetitia,” Vatican spokesman said and added that “it is not the purpose” of the Council.