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Cardinal Pell appointed to Pope’s new Advisory Group


From Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell is one of eight senior churchmen chosen by Pope Francis to review the Roman Curia, the governing body of the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Pell will still be based in Sydney and Archbishop of Sydney.

Cardinal Pell said he was looking forward to whatever contribution he could make, but agreed he was sure the Holy Father will be working towards "a better discipline".

"There has been a spot of bother as we know in the Vatican, with the butler leaking the papers and other allegations," he said.

"Most of the people working in the Curia are very, very fine people, but there were one or two mishaps.

"I am sure people would want and expect that we should do better."

Governance and Curia procedures are reported to have been widely discussed during the pre-conclave meetings. A statement from the Vatican on the weekend said Pope Francis came up with the idea of this committee to form an advisory body from those meetings.

The six other cardinals and a monsignor on the new committee who will join Cardinal Pell come from Italy, Chile, Germany, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States and Honduras.

The make-up of the committee is a very clear indication that Pope Francis wants to reflect the universal nature of the church in its core decision-making.

The Curia has been historically weighted towards Italian prelates. Following the election of the first non-European pope for 1300 years, this new advisory committee certainly brings radical change to the Curia.

"I think it is a good thing to have some English-speaking members," Cardinal Pell said.

The official statement on the new advisory committee from the Vatican said: "Pope Francis has formed a group of cardinals to advise him on the governing of the universal church and to study a revision of the apostolic constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia."

Pope John Paul II issued Pastor Bonus in 1988 and it has effectively functioned as the blueprint for the administration of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.

Read full story at the Sydney Archdiocesan site

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