Vatican City, Apr 25, 2018 / 08:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals met this week to continue their discussion of curial reform and to work on the draft of a new apostolic constitution outlining the structure and duties of the Roman Curia.
There is no predicted release date for the apostolic constitution, but the drafting and editing “will take some time,” according to an April 25 Vatican communique. When finished, it will be presented to Pope Francis for further consultation and final approval.
If they come up with something that Francis doesn’t like, however, won’t they be worried about being called names? Gnostics or Pelagians, for instance?
It’s not easy being a cardinal, even if you’re an insider.
Francis’ using the terms G and P, as in his Joy of the Gospel exhortation, seems to have approved them in a later document in a way that’s “at odds with” his “preferred pejorative,” points out a veteran Life Site News reporter. (Argument is fairly dense here, but holds up.)
As for the proposed apostolic constitution about curial reform, Catholic News Agency reports an odd omission from announced plans:
During the meetings, the pope and cardinals received an update on the progress of the reform of the Vatican communications system by Msgr. Lucio Ruiz, secretary and acting prefect of the Secretariat for Communications. Notably, there was no update on the state of the Vatican’s financial reforms, a typical topic of the council’s reunions.
Notably indeed, especially since curial financial reform has NOT been a jewel in the crown of this papacy. The Dictator Pope author has so concluded after describing and citing case after case where reform has not happened but has been thwarted..
To sum up: four vitally important reformist bodies were put in place in the last few years, the Financial Information Authority, the Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy, and the Office of the Auditor General.
Since their inception, these entities have been the target of attacks by anti-reform members of the Curia, left in place and empowered by Pope Francis himself—attacks that have made these reformist bodies effectively powerless.
Was the pope aware of these attacks? Insiders confirm to us that the answer is yes, and that he signed one illogical executive order after another to accelerate the demise of these bodies.
If this is the case, Pope Francis might be storing up more trouble than he imagines, because if the Vatican fails to reform itself, secular authorities might well step in.
How long, for example, will the Italian judiciary wait before demanding the names of the Italian citizens who have broken Italian law, in acts from money laundering to tax evasion, by using APSA-ciphered accounts?
Will European and international banking authorities decide to shut down APSA’s access to global banking until APSA is reformed by bodies outside the Vatican?
And finally, and most historic of all, will Francis’s failures prompt the Italian government to denounce the Lateran Treaty of 1929, ending Vatican City’s status as an independent state, in order to clean up the lawless, corrupt playground the Vatican has become?
So good luck to the cardinalatial council. But have they nothing planned to address this “typical topic of the council’s reunions”?
As the famous Alice observed about her wonderland experience, this thing gets curiouser and curiouser.