One month into his pontificate, Pope Francis has done a few unusual things. Here is another.
Pope Francis invited a group of cardinals to meet to help him, among other things it seems, revise John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus, which governs the activity of the Roman Curia. The Cardinals are from different continents. The group has no legislative role. Apparently during the General Congregations leading up to the Conclave there was a call for such a group.
The first meeting is 1-3 October.
The members of the group are:
- – Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governorate of Vatican City State; [Whom I suspect could wind up Secretary of State one day.]
- – Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, archbishop emeritus of Santiago de Chile, Chile; [S. America, Spanish speaker.]
- – Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India; [Asia. He was a member of Vox Clara.]
- – Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany; [Europe.]
- – Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; [Africa. He preached the Curia’s spiritual exercises in 2012.]
- – Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Boston, USA; [N. America. Spanish speaker.]
- – Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia; [Australia. The only Australian Cardinal.]
- – Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, S.D.B., archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in the role of coordinator; [C. America is not a continent, and S. America is represented. He is a Salesian, as is SecState Bertone. Spanish speaker, of course, as well as German and English.] and
- – Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy, in the role of secretary. [Bishop of one of the nearby Suburbicarian dioceses, also where Castel Gandolfo is.]
What is interesting is not only which Cardinals were chosen, but which were not chosen.