The idea of consolidating several offices in the Curia into two large groups - one for family, laity and life, and the other for justice and peace, migrants and charity - seems to be taking form, reports the Catholic News Service.
Briefing reporters on Wednesday, the third day of meetings of Pope Francis' international Council of Cardinals, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ insisted "there is not and has never been" a draft document of a constitution providing a new list of all Curia offices and their responsibilities.
But there does seem to be a "concrete" and "more developed" proposal to put the pontifical councils for laity and for the family, along with the Academy for Life into one office and the pontifical councils for justice and peace, Cor Unum (charity) and migrants and travelers into another, he said.
"It does not seem to me that there are many other concrete ideas" that are ready for discussion by the entire College of Cardinals, Fr Lombardi said.
Part of the Council of Cardinals' meeting Feb. 9-11 was dedicated to preparing summaries of the nine-member council's work to present to the entire College of Cardinals, whom Pope Francis called to the Vatican Feb. 12-13 to discuss the reform, he said.
Australian Cardinal George Pell, Secretary for the Economy, was scheduled to brief all the cardinals on the work of his office and on the ongoing process of preparing the formal statutes of the related Council for the Economy. In addition, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, was to explain the commission's work to the College of Cardinals.