Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,368 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican journalist: Pope Francis planning 'collegial' reform on his own

Catholic World News - September 16, 2013

Although proponents of Vatican reform usually speak of a more “collegial” approach to Church governance, Pope Francis has shown a tendency to act on his own, even ignoring existing rules, notes a Vatican journalist.

Andrea Gagliarducci notes that during his first 6 months in office, Pope Francis has appointed several new committees, acting on his own. He has named a new Secretary of State who is not a cardinal, although Pastor Bonus says that the office must be held by a cardinal, and ignored similar requirements in other appointments. Gagliarducci suggests that in this pontificate, “action lies outside the institution and takes place without observing or reforming the rules.”

Gagliarducci—who has written several recent articles defending the record of the outgoing Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone—also detects a papal tendency to downgrade the importance of the Secretariat of State and to strengthen the ties between the work of the Holy See and the pastoral activities of the Rome diocese.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,746 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,253.70
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Sep. 17, 2013 10:20 AM ET USA

    Planning collegial reform on his own seems rather uncollegial, if you ask me.

  • Posted by: chady - Sep. 17, 2013 4:43 AM ET USA

    A Catholic website suggested recently that we begin the habit of saying the three hail Mary's daily for Pope Francis to enable him to guide the Church effectively, continue the necessary reforms and for his own spiritual journey as well. Here is a Pope who reminds us that our prayers are necessary for his ministry as the Bishop of Rome and Head of the Catholic Church.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal 13 hours ago
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? 17 hours ago
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21
A chaotic synod? Not in its results October 21
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6