TOM KINGTON IN ROME – 30 SEPTEMBER 2013
A ROMAN Catholic cardinal has said that a group of senior church figures handpicked by the Pope to shake up the Vatican’s murky and autocratic bureaucracy would “rip up and rewrite” the constitution which apportions power at the Holy See.
The eight cardinals, who were appointed by Pope Francis in April, have been briefed to revise the constitution, known as Pastor Bonus and drawn up in 1988 by Pope John Paul, in a bid to give greater voice to bishops around the world.
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the group’s leader, said that at tomorrow’s meeting they would go much further than just change “this and that”.
“No, that constitution is over,” he said in a television interview. “Now, it is something different. We need to write something different,” he added.
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