From the Vatican Insider
La Croix has interviewed Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, President of the Commission of eight cardinals [there's the source of his attitude!] chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on Curia reform. The Honduran cardinal and Archbishop of Tegucicalpa [what a lively archdiocese that is! ha!] gave a broad overview of what the landscape of the Church’s central government could look like in the future. The original French article by Sébastien Maillard can be read here. The cardinal stressed, amongst other things, his idea of creating a Congregation for the Laity (lay people are currently represented by a Pontifical Council). [it's his dream...wild dream!]
“The Church definitely needs this. We have a Congregation for Bishops, for Religious Life and for the Clergy, but the Laity only gets a Pontifical Council even though they are a majority within the Church. We cannot go on like this. After the Second Vatican Council all the laity had was a Secretariat. A Pontifical Council is limited because it has no legal power. This is why we need a real Congregation.” [And the point is?]
According to the cardinal, within this Congregation there should also be a Pontifical Council for the Family, “headed by a married couple. Why not? It would be a wonderful sign. And it would be great to have a Congregation for the Laity within the Church. I can tell you that the Spirit is pushing in this direction. More and more lay men and women are taking the joint responsibility of being leaders in the Church.” [What spirit? Is this cardinal saying that our pastors need the help of the sheep? Is this cardinal implicitly saying that celibate men cannot decide for married couples regarding affairs for married couples? Is he sounding like the Ateneo theologians now? And what is Bishop Ongtioco doing...........................................NOTHING................................STILL]
Regarding the fate of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) and its possible elimination, Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga said “everything depends on what the reports say. But it is better to heal a sick man than bring someone back from the dead. I think we will avoid amputating any arms.”
Maradiaga also discussed the Commission’s work in terms of the Church’s central government, saying that he and the other seven cardinals “have now noted down all our observations regarding the Secretariat of State. We have stressed that the Secretary of State is meant to essentially be the Pope’s secretary. He is not a prime minister or a viceroy.” [And look what he is doing!]
The Honduran cardinal – who has given so many interviews it almost seems he has been given a “mandate” [given? or he likes to talk off the cuff too, you know, like, you know...ya know?] to talk about reform – mentioned the possibility of creating one single financial body. “It could be called a financial secretariat. It is a very reasonable idea and I believe it is necessary in order to help us be more organised and serve better. Finances are split between the various dicasteries. We currently have the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, the Governorate of Vatican City, the IOR… Maybe, but this is one of the things we are discussing; it could be an idea for one person to be responsible for everything.”
And this person, Maradiaga said, will be a cardinal. “Given the system currently in place in the Vatican, it is likely a cardinal would be put in charge of the financial secretariat. But a permanent Council could also be set up as a support and it could include some lay people.”
These are dangerous attempts if you ask me.
And we continue to wait...
By the way, this is the cardinal that said that the prefect of the CDF does not know what he is doing.