8-cardinal commission is advisory, Vatican reminds press
September 27, 2013
The Vatican has issued a reminder that 8 cardinals appointed by Pope Francis to provide him with advice form an advisory group rather than a decision-making body.
In a statement released September 27, the Vatican press office told reporters that the commission of 8 cardinals ‘is constituted to offer advice to the Pope and not to make autonomous decision.” The 8 cardinals will meet with the Pope next week. The Vatican statement indicated that other meetings would follow, but the discussions would be confidential.
In a related development, Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, a member of the 8-cardinal commission, said that the faithful could expect “lots of changes,” as Pope Francis sets his policies, but added that he did not anticipate “dramatic changes” as a result of the commission’s meeting.
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