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Proposals to create dicasteries on family, laity, social justice highlight Vatican reform momentum

by Carlo Marroni

Pope Francis’ work on the reform of the Curia continues. The C9, the council of cardinals advising the Pope on the Church’s government, has held another meeting.

At the center of their work, there is the proposal to institute two new dicasteries - one dedicated to the laity and the family, a second dedicated to issues of justice, peace, charity and the migrants - without specifying if they will be “congregations” that is, the most institutional form considered, a type of dicastery “with a portfolio.”

It is expected that the first of the two dicasteries to see the light is that of the laity and the family.

As is known, these two new dicasteries will incorporate the responsibilities of different pontifical councils and institutions of the Holy See. In addition, the responsibilities of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - as Vatican Insider reports - were discussed, and especially the possibility of instituting some local courts on the five continents so that every case of abuse of minors by clerics does not have to be treated in the first instance in Rome.

In addition, an important appointment was made official, the new Apostolic Nuncio (ambassador) to the United States: he is the French Archbishop Christophe Pierre, until now nuncio to Mexico.

He succeeds Monsignor Carlo Maria Viganò, who has served since 2011: his name emerged during the Vatileaks-1 scandal in 2011-2012, when two of his letters were published that were critical of the then Cardinal Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, regarding the economic management of the Vatican and his transfer as nuncio to the United States, missives that were at the origin of the first case of disclosure of confidential documents by the Holy See.