Next on Pope Francis’ agenda: Curia reform, personnel moves, a revamped synod

I had the good fortune to meet and talk to the reporter of this article on my recent trip to Rome.  He has been in Rome for 18 years, first working for Vatican Radio.  He has some very good connections inside the Vatican that provide him with information, as all reporters do.  He writes a balanced piece, pulling together various strands of information.  In talking with him, he agreed with me that it is important to not rely solely on “sound-byte” information as a basis for understanding Pope Francis.  It is best to not only listen to what he says, but to read him and to watch him.  Francis says as much in his actions as he does with his words.  It will be very important to watch how this pope unfolds in the next few months as we move towards the next Synod act, the Ordinary Synod next October…..Reyanna

By Robert Mickens, October 27, 2014, National Catholic Reporter on-line

Pope Francis told bishops attending the recent Synod of Bishops on the family to speak their minds freely and boldly during the two-week-long assembly. And so they did, at least a good many of them. (There were also some who held back, hedging their bets, perhaps as they wait in joyful hope for the coming of the next pontificate.)

This freedom of theological speech has been, until now, a faded memory in ecclesiastical Rome, and it opened quite a lively debate on issues that had long been closed off to candid discussion throughout the church. Now the debate has begun. And it will continue.  (To continue reading, click here.)

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