What to call the band of “super-cardinals?” Gang of Eight? G8? What kind of symbol for my future posts on that? An octagon?
Anyway, this piece seemed to blow up any notion that Pope Francis is dilly-dallying on curial reform. A baseball player might spend an off-day fishing or resting. The Holy Father spent his off-day huddled with Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga getting important work done.
An instrumentum laboris is in the works:
We want the ideas to come from the bottom and bishops are enthusiastic and very eager to strengthen collegiality.
This quote is interesting:
The goal is to ensure the Pope is better informed so as not to repeat the Vatileaks scenario under Benedict XVI. Information needs to be given directly without any middlemen.
This problem predates Vatileaks. Pope John Paul II was getting filtered information all the time. The curia actively encouraged dissent in the Church so as to field selective information to promote pet positions for their own ideological benefit.
I like people telling me when they disagree with something. These kind of people are the truly loyal ones. Then there are those who say they agree but behind your back say the opposite. I haven’t met anyone like this yet.
Decision-making without dissent makes discernment difficult.
Cardinal Maradiaga on the Vatican Bank:
It would be a good idea to transform it into an ethical bank. All States have a right to an ethical bank, so why not the Vatican? (Before the conclave) we posed this question and they told us that the IOR was not a bank but a foundation. So why does it work like a bank?
Clearly, these guys are asking tough questions. I’m sure bishops will have their own input on this. I’m thinking of writing to Cardinal O’Malley. But I have some inner dissent on that point. Discernment ahead.