Curia reform ‘model for lay participation’

Fr Brian Lucas (Supplied)

Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia through a new apostolic constitution is focused on the missionary Church at the service of the world, says Catholic Mission national director Fr Brian Lucas.

After nine years of consultation, Pope Francis released the apostolic constitution, Praedicate evangelium (To preach the Gospel), on Saturday.

“This consolidates so much of what Pope Francis has been saying about the call of all the baptised to missionary discipleship. He has put the Roman Curia at the service of the local Churches in the work of evangelisation,” Fr Lucas said.

The Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation has been absorbed into the Dicastery for Evangelisation which comprises two sections. The first deals with evangelisation in general including catechetics. The second continues the work of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples with its responsibility for the missionary Churches. The Pontifical Mission Societies continue to be part of that second section of the new dicastery.

The mandated five-year terms, with only a limited extension, will help address the problems of clerical careerism within the curia, Fr Lucas said.

He welcomed the Pope’s explicit acknowledgement of the role of lay people at even the highest levels of the Curia.

“This important step should provide a model for lay participation all levels of the Church. It opens the way for lay women and men and to take significant leadership roles,” Fr Lucas said.

An ongoing challenge will be to ensure proper formation so that lay women and men have the opportunity to work collaboratively in Church leadership.

Catholic Mission’s formation team are committed to assisting Church entities fulfil their responsibilities to their staff to equip them to fully participate in the Church’s mission.


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