Curia to set up two new congregations, lay leadership discussed

Cardinal Maradiaga

Two new congregations will be set up and lay people could be appointed to lead some of Rome’s dicasteries, according to the Cardinal responsible for overseeing reform of the Roman Curia, reports The Tablet.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, co-ordinator of the so-called C9 (the Council of Cardinals set up to re-organise the Curia), told Vatican Insider that two bodies dedicated to the laity and to charity were in the process of being set up.

These two congregations will be drawn from a merger of the existing Pontifical councils for the laity, the family, migrants, health-care workers, justice and peace, and the Church’s charitable arm, Cor Unum. Cardinal Rodriguez also said the Secretariat of State would probably undergo a “redistribution of internal tasks.”

The Honduran Cardinal added that Rome’s congregations and Pontifical councils did not have to be led by clergy. “It is also not necessary for there to be a cardinal or a bishop heading every dicastery: There could be a married couple in charge of family affairs, for example and for migrants there could be a nun who has specific experience in this area, a member of the Scalabrinian missionaries for instance.”

Asked if the Church’s judicial structures would be reformed as well, he said the issue was not due to be discussed until at least the next meeting of the C9, but added: “I think it would be a good idea to have one single ministry of Justice in the Church … with one single head” that would include the Apostolic Signatura and the Council for Legislative Texts."


Two new congregations planned in Vatican as Rodriguez says doors are open to lay leadership (The Tablet)

Maradiaga: "Curia reform will foster collegiality" (Vatican Insider)

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