Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Pope's new advisory group may curb secretary of state

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Rome, April 15 - The panel of high-profile,
international cardinals named to advise Pope Francis in a
possible shake-up of church governance may address reducing the
power of the secretary of state, according to the new group's
secretary.
In an interview published Monday with Italian daily
Corriere della Sera, Bishop Marcello Semeraro recalled that it
was Pope Paul VI who bestowed "the secretary of state with
supervising and coordinating" the Vatican bureaucracy known as
the Curia during his 1963-78 pontificate.
"But now, nearly half a century has gone by. We must
readapt these structures according to the needs of the Church
today," he said.
When directly asked if the secretary of state would see his
powers diminished, Semeraro said "the possibility should not be
excluded," adding that potential adjustments would address
concerns of congregational prefects, "who feel the need to have
a more direct and frequent relationship with the pope".
Semeraro, bishop of Albano, is not among the eight
cardinals announced Saturday to "advise (the pope) on the
government of the universal church" and "to study a project of
revision" of a 1988 document from John Paul II on the Curia
known as Pastor Bonus.
The announcement of the eight cardinal advisors from all
continents of the world has been viewed by Vatican watchers as a
possible signal of major reform on the horizon.
Only one of the men comes from the Roman Curia, while
several have raised concerns over Church operations, and some
were even tipped as strong papal contenders in the run-up to
elect a pope last month.
Two of them, Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley and Munich
Archbishop Reinhard Marx, have at times been central figures in
the Vatican's reaction to the priest child sex-abuse scandals.
The other members are: Giuseppe Bertello of Italy,
president of the government of the Vatican City State; Francisco
Javier Errazuriz Ossa of Chile, the retired archbishop of
Santiago; Mumbai Archbishop Oswald Gracias of India; Kinshasa
Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Congo; Sydney Archbishop
George Pell of Australia; Tegucigalpa Archbishop Andres
Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras.
A Vatican statement did not disclose how the pope selected
the panel or how long it will serve, but it said the idea to
assemble it was put forward during a general congregation, one
of the several meetings of cardinals held before the conclave to
elect a successor to Benedict XVI.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the secretary of state
during Benedict's papacy, is said to have been a divisive figure
within the Vatican and was widely seen as the target of the
so-called 'Vatileaks' campaign involving confidential Church
documents leaked to the press by the pope's butler last year.
The panel is scheduled to convene for the first time
October 1-3, and in the meantime individuals will be in close
touch with the pope, the Vatican said.

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