Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cardinal Consultors met this week

At 1:00pm today (7:00am EDT), the Director of the Holy See Press Centre, Greg Burke, held a briefing concerning the XXV meeting of the Cardinal Consultors with the Holy Father which took place this week at the Vatican.

The Council of Cardinals met for three days: Monday, 11 June; Tuesday, 12 June; and Wednesday, 13 June.  All members were in attendance, except for His Eminence, Cardinal George Pell.

The Holy Father was not present this morning due to the General Audience.

The sessions were held in the mornings from 9:00am to 12:30pm and in the afternoons from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.

The major part of the work of these meetings were dedicated to examining the draft of the new Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, the interim title of which is Praedicate Evangelium (Proclaim the Gospel)The Council of Cardinals has prepared a first draft which will be presented to the Holy Father for the consideration he deems appropriate, useful and necessary.

The Council has considered that, in principle, various parts of the reform of the Curia have already been enacted during the five years of the Council's work.

Monsignor Brian Ferme, Secretary of the Council for the Economy, presented the reform of the financial-organizational structure of the Holy See and the Governatorate.  In addition, after having illustrated the fundamental objectives and principles, among which are seeking ways to avoid waste, favour transparency, ensuring the correct application of accounting principles, following the principles of double control and international standards.  Monsignor Ferme highlighted the following positive results:

  • a uniform procedure for the preparation of budgets and expenses;
  • greater attention to costs;
  • greater cooperation and understanding of financial reforms;
  • a gradual change to the thinking about transparency and accountability.

Finally, His Eminence, Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap. updated those in attendance about the work of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

The next meetings of the Council of Cardinals will be held from 10 to 12 September 2018.

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