Critics of Pope Francis’ new curial reform document say some of the reforms threaten to revolutionize the Church’s understanding of the hierarchical power of governance.
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The Vatican published the standard edition of Praedicate Evangelium that serves as a reference for translations into other languages on March 31. The few changes include reference to the extraordinary form.
The new apostolic constitution Praedicate Evangelium replaces Pastor Bonus, promulgated by Pope John Paul II on June 28, 1988, and later modified by both Benedict and Francis.
Pope Francis has asked members of the Roman Curia to make their own arrangements for a private Lenten retreat from Sunday, March 6 to Friday, March 11.
COMMENTARY: Aside from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, no curial cardinal achieved more on critically important issues than did the Chilean cardinal, who died Oct. 3.
During the 74th general assembly today, Pope Francis gave some preview about his upcoming decisions, explicitly mentioning the appointment of the new prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments.
Pope Francis issues sweeping new transparency laws for senior officials but critics doubt their efficacy unless the working culture of the Vatican changes.
The first edition of the manuscript was published in Italian in November 2020 by Edizioni San Paolo as a 320-page book.