Vatican downplays progress of cardinals working on reform

National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Apr. 29, 2014

VATICAN CITY The Vatican on Tuesday downplayed the progress of the select group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the governance of the Catholic church, saying not to expect final results until 2015.

In its previous meetings, the council has reviewed the work of Vatican congregations with much emphasis on reforming financial structures. The council will now shift its attention to studying the Vatican’s 12 pontifical councils, a Vatican statement said.

“The work to be done is still much, so it should not be expected that it will be completed in the current year, but in the following,” the Vatican said in a statement Tuesday regarding the work of the Council of Cardinals, which is meeting for the fourth time Monday through Wednesday at the Vatican.

Francis established the council last year to “study a project of revision” of the Vatican’s bureaucracy, appointing eight separate cardinals from six continents to advise him. Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga is the group’s coordinator; Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley is its only participant from the United States.

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