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In the future, every baptized lay person should be able to preside over the Vatican Department

In the future, every baptized lay person should be able to preside over the Vatican Department

Pope Francis on Saturday released a text titled “Gospel of Praise” (Preach the Gospel), which includes a profound reform of church leadership. According to this, certified laity, male or female, should be able to lead any Vatican department in the future. Until now, the clergy have been conservative. The Vatican announced Saturday that the reform of Korea will take effect on Pentecost (June 5).

This means that Korea’s current “Pastor’s Reward” (Good Shepherd) constitution of 1988 is completely abolished. The current text, consisting of 250 articles, has been planned for nine years and has been specifically revised since mid-April 2019. In this way, all members of the Curia should move more towards proclaiming the Gospel. Francis had already expressed this concern in his program message “Evangelium gaudium” from 2013. According to Cuthpress, a new evangelization department will be created for this purpose.

Departments are reduced

The reform would reduce the number of Doctors (Vatican Departments such as the State Secretariat, Congregations, Courts and Councils) by incorporating those with similar or highly complementary goals. This is intended to eliminate duplication and avoid overlapping competencies. The goal is to make work more efficient, according to the “Principles and Standards of Service in the Roman Curia”.

According to Cuthpress, Francis upgraded the former office of the papal nuncio to “a home of service to charity.” The Pope is intended to provide and coordinate targeted assistance throughout the world in cases of special need or other distress. The Pope’s former social commissioner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski (58), should retain the position. However, it is still not clear which of the previous heads of authorities will be responsible for the new and merged institutions in the future.

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The preamble says: “The Roman Curia is in the service of the Pope, who, as the successor of Peter, is the permanent and visible principle and basis of the unity of the bishops and the body of the faithful.” Service requires, among other things, “personal and professional integrity”: “Those who serve in the curia are chosen from among the bishops, priests, deacons, members of institutes of consecrated life and communities of apostolic life as well as lay people who are distinguished by their spiritual life, good pastoral experience, moderation of life, and love For the poor, the spirit of company and service, their competence in the matters entrusted to them, and their ability to discern the signs of the age.” , it has been said.

For this reason, it is necessary to devote great attention to the selection and training of employees, as well as to the organization of work and the personal and professional development of each individual. The “Propaganda Bible” was drafted by a council of cardinals and reviewed legally and legally.

sexual assault case

The constitution also addresses the issue of sexual assault in a paragraph published by the German News Agency (dpa). The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors should support the meetings of bishops and bishops in developing strategies to protect minors from sexual abuse, as stated in the section on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which should be cases of abuse in the Church. mentioned. In addition, the commission must find appropriate answers in the event of abuse, for example by the clergy, in accordance with canon law and civil law.

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Monday press conference

A press conference is scheduled for Monday at the Vatican about his presentation. The Vatican announced that the reform would be presented by Cardinal Marcello Simraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Marco Melino, Secretary of the Council of Cardinals, and Jesuit Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda, Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Gregorian University.