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Serious reforms needed in Roman Curia, Cardinal Dolan says

Catholic World News - March 20, 2013

New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan has confirmed that he and other cardinals are convinced that serious reforms are needed in the Roman Curia.

Cardinal Dolan told a radio audience that among other things, the Vatican "needs a pretty well orchestrated, choreographed, professional approach to the press." He said that officials at the Holy See should overcome their fear of publicity, recognizing that information invariably seeps out. "It's going to be out there anyway," he said. "If they don't hear from us they're going to find others who can tell it. It might not be true and it certainly is not going to be uplifting."

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  • Posted by: tonydecker513018861 - Mar. 20, 2013 8:13 PM ET USA

    Forget reforming the USCCB! ABOLISH the USCCB! It undermines the autonomy and authority of the individual bishop and supports the notion that the faith is a democratic process.

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Mar. 20, 2013 8:09 PM ET USA

    Blessed art thou, Defender, and have a few attaboys, too. The USCCB needs so much reform that its hard to know where to start. Maybe start with a basic econ course so they can learn that all universal health care plans--ALL--are inherently anti-catholic and should be anathema. Maybe then teach them what anathema means.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 20, 2013 7:50 PM ET USA

    Non-Catholics see the Vatican as surrounded by secrecy and dark secrets. I wonder if the Curia happy with that image.

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 20, 2013 6:53 PM ET USA

    I agree with Defender, and would cite "first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." (Mt 7:5) While Pope Francis is teaching as Jesus did, the bishops of the USCCB are sending letters to Congress telling them how to legislate when Church teaching clearly says that function is reserved to civil authorities. One can not imagine Christ telling Caesar how to rule! But, His humility transformed the Roman Empire.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Mar. 20, 2013 6:46 PM ET USA

    I read a lot and have concluded that even cardinals, let alone bishops and archbishops, are not sure their prayerful communications reach the Holy Father. There's something wrong when one or two people sidetrack messages going back and forth between the pontiff and the leaders of the church. Without this communication the pope has no feel for what is going on in the various dioceses.

  • Posted by: Defender - Mar. 20, 2013 4:52 PM ET USA

    Charity begins at home...how about reforming the USCCB? The USCCB also doesn't need "...a pretty well orchestrated, choreographed, professional approach to the press," though, there are far too many bishops who like to hear themselves talk and spend money.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 20, 2013 3:40 PM ET USA

    Perhaps the truest of many of Cardinal Dolan's pithy observations.

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