"In a signal that major reform may be on the horizon, the Vatican
announced today that Pope Francis has formed a group of eight cardinals from
around the world to “advise him on the government of the universal church” and
“to study a project of revision” of a document from John Paul II on the Roman
At first blush, all these cardinals seem like strong
personalities. Several have voiced criticisms over the years about various
aspects of Vatican operations, while two, Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, Germany, have played key roles in the church's
response to the child sexual abuse crisis.
The group’s first meeting is
set for Oct. 1-3, and meanwhile, according to the Vatican statement, the pope
will be in regular contact with the cardinals individually.
item in the Vatican’s daily press bulletin did not explain how these cardinals
were chosen, or how long they will serve in these roles.
there was only one member of the Roman Curia among the eight cardinals tapped to
assist the pope. The rest come from various parts of the world, with at least
one representing each continent..."
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