"There is a new concept of church here" in how the pope is governing the Vatican, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga. "There is a new way of thinking."
Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga
At the one-year mark of Pope Francis' election, the answer depends on whether you are an old-timer or a relative newcomer.
No one knows exactly what the Council of Cardinals say to each other when they get together, but we know their talks involve financial reform, laity and family life.
Pope Francis began meeting Monday for the third time with the Council of Cardinals, but it remains unclear just what reforms are in the offing.
Faith and Justice: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been publicly criticized as of late, something unthinkable under the last two papacies.
Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, coordinator of the Council of Cardinals, is confident the council will bring the church up to date.
All Things Catholic: Trying to impose order on chaos, I'd like to suggest that recent developments on the Vatican beat are noteworthy because they illustrate truisms about Catholic life.
The group of eight cardinals studying curial reform are evaluating the work of each of the Vatican's offices "one by one," the Vatican spokesman said Wednesday.
An international federation of Catholic academics has proposed three key changes in the governance of the global church, including a larger role for the laity.