- Nov 27, 2020
Pope Francis has updated the statutes of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, adding among other things a specific reference to the office’s responsibility for promoting a deeper reflection on the role of women in the Church and society.
Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals have reviewed a complete draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, the Vatican spokesman said.
Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly began its operations Nov. 9. The new section is named “Section for the Diplomatic Staff,” and is tasked with overseeing the Holy See’s diplomatic corps, stationed around the world.
Gianluigi Nuzzi’s “Original Sin: Secret Accounts, Hidden Truths, Blackmail and the Forces Blocking Pope Francis’s Revolution” hits bookshelves in Italy and France on Nov. 9. Nuzzi and fellow journalist Emmanuele Fittipaldi were put on trial in a Vatican court in 2015 after both published books based on leaked documents from a Vatican commission looking into the Church’s finances.
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.”
Reform is best when it comes from the periphery, gets energy at the center, and goes out again. When the pope talks about the curia’s pastoral concern fueled by a missionary spirit and drawing on representatives of the universal church, we hear echoes of his hero Pope Paul VI.