Faith and Justice: No governance system is perfect since it has to be run by fallible human beings. But the church's current highly centralized system has come under heavy fire.
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A Roman Observer: A high-ranking Vatican official recently voiced serious doubts about the need to reform the Roman Curia. He said talk of reform was exaggerated.
Young Voices: Mercy, joy and the poor church? Look closer. The trademark pillars of Francis' papacy are fruits borne of a deeper principle.
The church today is called to be frank and courageous, just as the apostles were after the Resurrection, said Pope Francis at his first daily Mass after a two-week break for Holy Week and Easter.
"Even today, the message of the church is the message of frankness and Christian courage," the pope said Monday. In attendance at Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae were the nine members of the pope's advisory Council of Cardinals, who were to begin another round of meetings that day.
A Roman Observer: Those clerics who are troubled by or pretend not to understand what Francis is "up to" were certainly not toasting the pope's Sunday homily.
Pope Francis has placed reform of the Vatican as a top priority of his papacy. Whether or not he will succeed remains to be seen.
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.
"Their idea and their objective is not to make small changes ... but a consistent and in-depth revision," the Vatican spokesman said Tuesday.