Vatican journalist: Pope Francis making planning ‘collegial’ reform on his own

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.

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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