Vatican reforms are stalled. The question is: why?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Mar 12, 2018

“Unfortunately, more than four years into his pontificate, Francis has failed to advance the cause of reform.” That sentence, written several months ago, is from my chapter, “Stalled Reforms,” in Lost Shepherd. Now that we’re at the five-year mark, my analysis looks better than ever. Vatican financial reforms? One insider says they’re “dead, over, finished, they’ve been blocked.” (And today brings word of some new shenanigans in complicated financial affairs of the Knights of Malta, now effectively under Vatican control.) Sex-abuse reforms? The questions have not only persisted; they’ve grown sharper. Accountability? Transparency? Those goals are further away now than they were five years ago. In Lost Shepherd I didn’t just report the problems—which are all too well known already—but also explained why they’re not likely to go away.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Retired01 - Mar. 15, 2018 4:15 PM ET USA

    I just bought a copy of the Lost Shepherd and I am looking forward to reading it next.