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BREAKING - RELEVANT: The Pope's Privy Council
Pope establishes committee to counsel him in the Government of the universal Church and to study reform of the Roman Curia


The Holy Father Francis, taking up a suggestion that emerged in the course of the General Congregations before the Conclave, has established a group of Cardinals to counsel him in the government of the universal Church and to study a project of revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus [of Pope John Paul II] on the Roman Curia.

This group is made up of:
- Card. Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State;
- Card. Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, Archbishop emeritus of Santiago de Chile (Chile);
- Card. Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay (India);
- Card. Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising (Germany);
- Card. Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Archbishop of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo);
- Card. Sean Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Boston (U.S.A.);
- Card. George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney (Australia);
- Card. Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, S.D.B., Archbishop of Tegucigalpa (Honduras), functioning as Coordinator;
- H.E. Bp. Marcello Semeraro, Bishop of Albano [Italy], functioning as Secretary.

The first collective meeting of the group is scheduled for October 1-3, 2013; nevertheless, His Holiness is henceforth in contact with the mentioned Cardinals.

[Bollettino. As always, unless otherwise indicated, translation by Rorate. This is our 5000th post: thank you so much for your readership!]

See also: The College of Super-Cardinals


  1. A quick note: when we translated this, there was still no English translation in the Bollettino. There is one "working translation" there now (same link).

  2. Conclave capitulations?

  3. Anonymous2:56 PM

    I attended a mass while passing through New Orleans in 2004 celebrated by Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, and it was a large part of the end of my attempts to bring the indult to Mexico. I wrote him a letter afterward, but I cannot find it yet in my files. I never got an answer. The topic of his sermon was 'The Church on the March,' and its revolutionary gestures (I cannot speak to the content, not having my notes) and the conduct of the concelebrating priests and of the faithful attending was shocking. I had been collecting signatures on a petition to take to the bishop in Tepic, but had been growing more and more anxious about what could happen to the traditional mass, celebrated by such ministers, and eventually I abandoned the effort, although FSSP as readers here know entered Guadalajara, although the traditional mass was and is already there through SSPX. Maradiaga is a good looking man and had a great following among the women, who conducted themselves shamefully in that mass. I won't go into details. Readers here will remember being the only person on their knees at consecrations in great cathedrals--this was like that, with beautiful women in various states of exposed bosoms, undone hair, the people chattering, walking about visiting, talking on cell phones, kids playing in the aisles, and huge red banners snapping with revolutionary-sounding slogans. And the celebrant urging it all on with smiles and cheers.

    So Madriaga is a frightening addition, for me. I will keep it in prayer and attention, and if I don't put it into words to God, out of courtesy to our bishops, our shepherds, still my heart will cry out, protect us, save us, protect us from this!

    I tried once to put the hypothetical training of such celebrants, as found in Latin America, into fiction. I lived close to a seminary in Mexico for a year and spoke now and then with teachers and students, and have a comedic story, Another Eve, on-line. I don't think it's been read anyone who might understand the muted topic, but perhaps readers here might be better prepared to understand the intended irony. If the administers here permit,

  4. Anonymous2:59 PM

    I'm glad Cardinal Pell was included, but...notice how, after a coordinator, a secretary, and Cardinal Bertello (an important curial official), there is one cardinal chosen from every continent. Clearly Pell is a major figure within the College, but I am slightly afraid he was only included as a formality, he being the only cardinal from Oceania.

    I hope there's nothing to read into the choice of the archbishop EMERITUS of Santiago, rather than the current archbishop, the excellent and courageous Card. Cipriani Thorne.

  5. I'm not a soothsayer, nor do I throw rune stones, but methinks this is going to be another fruitless action by Vatican bureaucrats to keep busy (unavailing) trying to save a stumbling starving and servile (to the world, after VII) Church.

    They know the numbers; for instance in France, only 2% go to Mass on any given Sunday.

  6. I sit here, with a Mariestads beer in my hand, and make a toast for another 5000 posts - come persecution and Pentecost!

  7. Of all the cardinals from North America he could have chosen, he picked O'Malley???

  8. Sorry. I should have inserted the word "Cardinal" in front of O'Malley out of respect
    for his office.

  9. Anonymous4:37 PM

    There is the possibility that some of the cardinals were selected for their experience in governing ungovernable territory. I note here my metropolitan Cardinal O'Malley (Archbishop of Boston, USA), and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya (Archbishop of Kinshasa, DRC).

    That translates to ground zero of the sexual abuse crisis, and of one of the bloodiest conflicts since World War II.

    Others of the cardinals, if they appear to be poor choices, could be on the list in keeping with Michael Corleone's maxim: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."

    We really know nothing about the reasons for the choice. Watch and pray. (Doing otherwise gives me the sensation of being ground to dust daily and blown away. I really have no idea what to do with most of the news that is shared on this site -- and yet I come here ten times a day.)

  10. In a previous post (Leonardo Boff: "Pope Francis is much more liberal than what is supposed 17/03) I've made some "predictions" for the first year of this new and humble, very humble pontificate.
    One item of the list was the promotion of cardinal Maradiaga to a dicastery at the Vatican.
    I think this new privy council says that my prediction was 90% right.
    I also pointed: "Cardinal Piero Marini created as a matter of justice". We all know that Francis met recently with archbishop Marini.
    And another prediction - "The retirement of the papal ferula". I was 100% right.
    All this "predicted" on March 17!
    My incredible powers aside, I think we'll see the curia's authority being destroyed from the top and the national conferences of bishops getting more and more power. Maradiaga represents the bishops of CELAM and they want power not just to decide but to rule the church. If this way is the way of Francis we'll end up like an Anglican Communion.

  11. You need holy men in positions in the Church not institutional structures changed.

  12. I hope I am wrong but collegiality is not a good sign. It was one man, St Peter, appointed by Christ as the head of his Church. Otherwise, it was always modernist agenda to end centralization of power in the Catholic Church. But I hope it is not what it seems.

    1. Jay, have you read Acts of the Apostles 15---the council of Jerusalem chapter? Collegiality is all over that account of the earliest Church. There was dissension and controversy in Antioch and Paul and Barnabas travelled to Jerusalem to see the apostles about the question about whether being circumcised was necessary for salvation. It does suggest that Peter was not controlling the agenda but rather was the mediator---the one who was relied on to listen. And it goes on to say that there was much discussion. After that, Peter spoke. The office of Peter is an office of being servant---this is the pattern of leadership, not being the only one with any say at all.

  13. No one here has ever complained either about the commission appointed by Pope John Paul II to study whether the traditional Latin Mass had been abrogated or about its conclusions.

    The sky is not falling, little chickens.

  14. The presence of Cardinal O'Malley is a VERY good sign.

  15. I'm just glad that it isn't my job to advise the Pope as to what he should do to reform the Church.

  16. Cardinal Pell on Adam and Eve of Genesis:
    "It's a very sophisticated mythology to try to explain the evil and the suffering in the world."

  17. "readership"
    is that some kind of an asian joke?
    because that's the one kind i can't stand! :sits down: :D

  18. @wormwood re Cardinal Pell's comment. I presume it was given in a media interview situation. I and many of my co-religionists in Australia, believe that althouhg Cardinal Pell is a good bishop who does good work (all the usual suspects hate him so he must be doing something right), he should not be allowed within 50 metres of a microphone or camera without a muzzle... Sorry to be so blunt but he has uttered some clangers over the years.

  19. @A Canberra Observer
    "all the usual suspects hate him so he must be doing something right"

    I agree, and I hope his appointment to that group of counsellors will keep him so busy he won't have time for any more debates with atheists.

  20. JabbaPapa said..."The presence of Cardinal O'Malley is a VERY good sign" on earth do you figure that? It's tantamount to putting Rembert Weakland in charge of morality reform.

  21. Molly, thank you for your comment, however, we have already Synod of Bishops established by, I think, Paul VI who wanted help in Church's governance. Now it is expanding, and this is what is worrying me. I hope it is temporary and only to 'help' Pope Francis with making Roman Curia work more efficiently, as they say.

  22. It seems the advisory group of Bishops is an idea conceived by V2 council and could be permanent. We can expect then the Pope, a figuerhead, presiding over the small council of Bishops, and truly 'democratic Papacy', see link:
    what else to expect , we will see.


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