Pope Francis continues to make waves in the Catholic world all from the center of it all in Vatican. This piece on Yahoo! News by Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere gives a glimpse of how the current leader of the Catholic church has made important changes on how Curia runs by his recent appointment of non-Italians to significant church positions.
Foreign cardinals have been awarded prestigious posts, from the Australian George Pell — head of the new economy ministry — to Germany’s Reinhard Marx, who leads up a council tasked with overseeing the Vatican’s economic management.
Marx is assisted by Britain’s Brian Ferme and Alfred Xuereb of Malta — who doubles as the pope’s very influential private secretary.
Aside from non-Italian clergy being appointed to key positions in the Vatican, lay people and women have also been included in important organizations:
A body tasked with carrying out a detailed inquiry into the Vatican’s administration is made up of seven lay people, including a woman, while the new committee on paedophilia includes five lay people — four of whom are women — and just one cardinal.
Perhaps the most eye-opening appointment to that panel was that of Marie Collins, an Irish survivor of sexual abuse by a chaplain and an outspoken campaigner for victims’ rights.
Such reforms are welcome, they may not make up for the mistakes of the Catholic church but it still are steps in the right direction. The biggest question now is, will these reforms live on after Pope Francis’ term is over?