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Proposed reform of Curia would centralize authority

July 03, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: The draft of an apostolic constitution restructuring the Roman Curia would produce “a consolidation of power in Rome unprecedented in the modern era,” reports canon lawyer Ed Condon. The draft of Praedcate Evangelium, now being circulated for comments, gives the Secretariat of State new control over all other Vatican offices, and requires that all policy decisions must be approved personally by the Pope. The document also allows for lay people to head any Vatican dicastery other than the Secretariat of State.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 04, 2019 9:13 AM ET USA

    The cited article describes a blueprint for chaos, a road to a "magisterium of the laity," a precursor to governance by secular political tactics, and the end of dogmatic and moral theology as guides for the universal Church and all mankind. As much as a perception of chaos is promoted in New Testament ecclesiology as an example for the modern Church to imitate, the article reveals a cluelessness about true subsidiarity that seems both reckless and dangerous to ecclesial stability and authority.