- Feb 19, 2020
Chilean Cardinal Francisco Errázuriz, a close papal advisor who is facing fierce backlash over allegations that he covered up for the country’s most notorious abuser priest, will not be participating in this week’s round of advisory meetings in Rome.
Five years after its creation, the council of nine cardinals, or C9, tasked with advising Pope Francis and shaping the reform of the Roman Curia, has released a first draft of a constitution outlining the pontiff’s vision for the Vatican.
Reform of the Vatican Curia aims to emphasize pastoral care, and should not be seen as a reform that will overturn the whole Curia, a bishop involved in Rome’s Curia reform process has explained.
With his choice of Joachim von Braun as the new President of the Pontifical Academy of Science, Pope Francis has indicated he wants the institution to take a more active role in trying to find solutions to planetwide problems like ending poverty and saving the environment.
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.