Who rules in Rome: Pope Francis or the Roman Curia? A papal blueprint faces red tape

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(RNS) Pope Francis, left, greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI during a mass to create 20 new cardinals during a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 14, 2015. RNS photo courtesy REUTERS/Osservatore Romano. * NOTE: This photo can only be used with RNS-NEW-CARDINALS, transmitted FEb. 14, 2015.

(RNS) Pope Francis, left, greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI during a mass to create 20 new cardinals during a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 14, 2015. RNS photo courtesy REUTERS/Osservatore Romano. * NOTE: This photo can only be used with RNS-NEW-CARDINALS, transmitted FEb. 14, 2015.

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(RNS) There have been other attempts to reorganize the Curia, but many have resisted efforts to reform the papal bureaucracy; they know that popes come and go, but the Vatican civil service remains.

  • Betty Clermont

    This pope appointed Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga as head of his Council of Cardinals. Rodriguez Maradiaga actively supported the coup which overthrew the progressive Pres. Manuel Zelaya in 2009. “The statements made by Cardinal Rodriguez are so remote from reality so as to be dangerous to the Honduran people, since he is in some ways the real voice of the oligarchy and the main moral legitimacy of the coup perpetrated by the oligarchs, politicians and military, in collusion with sectors of the Republican wing of the United States of America and a sector of the Church known as Opus Dei. (http://quotha.net/node/236)
    “The coup represented a disastrous step backward for Honduran society as well as its politics … Drug trafficking is now embedded in the state itself … Such crime and corruption have rendered millions of Hondurans destitute and desperate. Two-thirds of its people now live below the national poverty level and Honduras’s soaring homicide rate leads the world…

  • Lee-Ann

    I am infuriated by this picture. Who is standing in the background, but Cardinal Bernard Law – the man who protected pedophile priests and reassigned them to other churches where they could offend again. So many innocent children molested. This man is the face of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal in America. I will never understand how he could have been put into a prominent position in the Vatican.