Pope Francis' reform

2013-05-01 L’Osservatore Romano

On 13 April the news was made public that Pope Francis had assembled a group of 8 cardinals to advise him in the governance of the Universal Church and in order to study a project  for revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus on the Roman Curia. This decision has excited a great deal of interest, resulting in more than a few speculations. On this issue Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Secretary of State, gave an interview to L'Osservatore Romano.


There have been many speculations about the reform of the Curia, people are hypothesizing about the the balance of powers,  revolutions, etc...

"Actually it is a little strange: the Pope has not yet met with the group of advisers who have been chosen and the advice is already leaking down... After having spoken with the Holy Father, I can say that at this moment it is absolutely premature to put forward and hypotheses about  the future of the Curia. Pope Francis is listening to everyone, but in the first place those he chose as advisers. Following that there will be a project of reform drafted for Pastor bonus, that will obviously have to go through its own process."


Much has, likewise, been said about the IOR, the Institute for Religious Works; some have gone so far as to predict its removal...

"The Pope  was surprised to see words attributed to him that he never said and are even contrary to what he has in mind. The only mention about it was during a brief homily at the Santa Marta, off the cuff, in which he recalled in a passionate way how the essence of the Church consists in a story of love between God and human beings, and how the various human structures, the IOR among them, should be less important. His reference was a poke, due to the presence of several employees of the IOR, in the context of a serious invitation to never lose sight of the essential nature of the Church."


Should we expect an imminent restructuring in the current formation of dicasteries?

"I don't know how to predict the timing. The Pope, in any case, has asked us all, the heads of dicasteries, to continue in our service, without, however, wanting to proceed – for the moment – in confirm positions. The same holds for the members of the Congregations and the Pontifical Councils: the  cycle of confirmation or nomination, that regularly occur at the five-year periods, is for the moment suspended, and everyone continues in their job “until further notice” (donec aliter provideatur). This indicates the will of the Holy Father to take enough time necessary for reflection – and for prayer, we must not forget – in order to have the full picture of the situation."