We are Church – Curia Reform
We are Church Ireland welcomes and supports Pope Francis’s call for reform of the Vatican Curia; for it to be slimmed down especially when it comes to ‘offices that are no longer responsive to contingent needs’ .
Based on this criteria We are Church Ireland is calling for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to be radically restructured as a rights based organisation, thus ensuring it can be responsive to the needs of the contemporary Church.
In his address he named the resistances to his agenda for reform that ‘come from a sense of goodwill or fear or are are based on malevolent intentions dressed like a wolf in sheep’s clothing ‘.
In spite of this resistance to reform we call upon Pope Francis to assert his Pontifical authority to bring forward the reforms that are necessary for the Church to fulfil its mission in the contemporary world with the full involvement of lay people especially women.
Brendan Butler, spokesperson
Happy Christmas to all