- Thursday, 03 October 2013 21:21
The Council of Cardinals have finished their official meetings for this round (1-3 October). They have been meeting since their April appointments through other means before now, and they’ll continue to contact each other as they work through the next set of agenda items.
The Council is due to meet 3-5 December and then in February 2014.
Come Holy Spirit. Come through Mary.
- Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:48
Word from the Holy See regarding the meeting this week of Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals is that substantial change is expected in the Roman Curia. The change at hand is not going to be a mere redaction of Pastor bonus, the 1988 ecclesiastical constitution promulgated by Blessed John Paul II.
The accent is going to be subsidiarity providing room for greater collaboration between and among bishops and national Conferences of Bishops.
Nothing has been firmly decided and it will be the Pope who who will take these days of consultation to prayer and make decisions. It is speculated that significant revisions will happen in the current Secretary of State –perhaps being reformed to be an office of Secretary of the Pope. Also, there could be a Moderator of the Curia, and the revision of various Departments.
The Council meets twice a day with the Pope.
The Council of Cardinals, sometimes called the C8 is made up of the following churchmen:
- Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (coordinator of the Council), 70;
- Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy, (Council’s secretary), 65;
- Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, the president of the Vatican city-state governorate, 71;
- Cardinal Francisco Errázuriz Ossa, the retired Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, 80;
- Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, India, 68;
- Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, Germany, 60;
- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, USA, 69;
- Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Dem. Congo, 74;
- Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, 72.
Missing from the Council at the moment is a bishop/Cardinal from one of the the Eastern Catholic Churches.
Here’s a CNS report.
The Press Office directed by Jesuit Father Frederico Lombardi has this to say about parts of the meeting that are of interest. A previous review is here.
- Tuesday, 01 October 2013 07:23
Pope Francis gave another interview, this time with Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica. The English version of the interview is titled, “How the Church will change.”
You’ll remember Scalfari of a few weeks ago who who was in dialogue with Francis.
- Friday, 27 September 2013 11:14
Many of thee books I read or glanced at over the recent six months have not been too helpful in understanding the newly elected Pope, Francis. A recent publication, Pope Francis: Key to His Thought, has promise. Penned by Monsignor Mariano Fazio, Vicar of the Prelature of Opus Dei in Argentina since 2010, begins the substance of his narrative when he first met Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio in Rome in 2000. Fazio was then working at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross; he was rector there from 2002-2008.
The author’s thesis is based on many friendly meetings with Francis and thus sketches in a lively manner some of the key ideas that are fundamental in knowing who the Pope is as a person and as a shepherd. I think this perspective opens wider the door of our opinion of the new pope and hopefully engenders in us a spirit of greater collaboration based on something concrete versus the media hype that is prevalent these days.
Monsignor Fazio’s text covers Francis’ “urgency to defend human life and marriage, and the need to ‘go out to the periphery’ to meet people where they are. The latter concern is reflected in the strong encouragement given by Cardinal Bergoglio to the so-called “shantytown priests” for the envangelization of the poorest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. This effort was grounded on sacramental catechesis and educational projects that foster human dignity, and was never to be confused, Bergoglio always insisted, with an overly political ‘liberation theology.'”
As Fazio says, “I have three letters he sent me in recent years. Whenever I sent him anything, he would respond in writing, in his own hand. The format was always the same: a large card with an image of La Virgen Desatanudos (Our Lady Undoer of Knots), a title originating in Augsburg, Germany (Maria Knotenlöserin) that he had made known in Buenos Aires . . . In the blank space he writes in small letters, much like Benedict XVI, a few personal and affectionate lines. Here are some: ‘I wish you a holy and happy Christmas. May Jesus bless you and our Lady take care of you. And, please, I ask that you pray and have others pray for me’ . . . These notecards were always accompanied by two holy pictures: one of St. Joseph and the other of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, saints to whom he had great devotion . . . On the back of the picture of St. Joseph is the famous text of St. Teresa of Jesus about the efficacy of devotion to the Holy Patriarch. On various occasions when, having spoken with him, I asked for his blessing, he always invoked these saints and in addition placed me under the protection of St. Josemaria.”
Pope Francis: Keys to His Thought is available from Scepter Publishers.