Can Council of Cardinals still deliver on reform?

Pope Francis may be fast running out of credible collaborators

By most accounts, Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to reform the Roman Curia- the complex network of dicasteries, commissions, and councils charged with the central administrative work of the Catholic Church- a network that, even to insiders and experts, more often resembles a rabbit warren than a well-defined system of governable offices with clear … [Read more...]

Don’t mess with Pell

The reform Francis is getting right

The following is a March 25 story by George Weigel on the Catholic World Report. Shortly after George Pell was named archbishop of Melbourne, he instituted several reforms at the archdiocesan seminary, including daily Mass and the daily celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, both of which had fallen by the wayside in the preceding years. The seminary faculty, enthusiastic … [Read more...]

Pell dismisses traditionalist leader’s attack on Pope

  The following comes from an Oct. 28 story in the Vatican Insider (La Stampa). The Australian cardinal George Pell, one of the eight cardinals that Pope Francis has chosen to advise him, agreed to talk about his experience of their historic meeting (October 1-3) with the Holy Father on the understanding that “the only substantial information” available about … [Read more...]