I have of late not been very happy with Andrea Tornielli, who seems to have jettisoned objectivity. However, at La Stampa he posts that there are perhaps some big changes coming to the Roman Curia.
On Monday the Pope will sit down with heads of curial dicasteries before he meets with the Gang of 8+1 (1=SecState). It is rumored that the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Council for Culture may be combined. Card. Ravasi, now at Culture, might wind up head of the new dicastery. The head of Education, Zenon Card. Grocholewski, recently turned 75.
Another move might fuse together the Pontifical Councils of Justice and Peace, Migrants, Cor Unum, the Academy for Life with Card. Maradiaga as head.
I have been hypothesizing that the Pope wants to pare down the number of curial Cardinals (and the Archbishop Secretaries that go with them). This would weaken the Curia’s influence overall and would concentrate power in the hands of a very few who would be especially close to this Pope. Also, I see the demotion of Card. Burke not just as a way of sending a chill through a whole sector of the Church, but also a preparatory move to smash together the three tribunals, which would reduce the number of their cardinals from two to one. It is possible that there could also be created a “Moderator of the Curia” position.