A Roman Observer: Following his trip to Africa, Pope Francis is set to announce some major personnel and structural changes in the Roman Curia and other Vatican-related departments.
Faith and Justice: Difficult topics should have been examined by an ad hoc committee with a diverse membership, which should have reported back to the synod.
A Roman Observer: Many Catholics who are eager to see Pope Francis reform the Roman Curia have grown noticeably impatient with how long the project is taking.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' decision to call an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy looks more and more urgent with each passing day.
Distinctly Catholic: The Vatican published the statutes for the Commission for the Protection of Minors, giving that body canonical and juridical status within the Roman Curia.
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.
The cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Curia have discussed the issue of accountability for Catholic bishops who mishandle cases of clergy sexual abuse.
Faith and Justice: True, Cardinal Burke was sidelined, but no other curial cardinal was removed from his job in a way that looked like an embarrassing demotion.
Pope Francis has said he expects his papacy to be brief, but Cardinal Walter Kasper is working to ensure Francis' legacy endures.
The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has advised bishops' conferences not to take "doctrinal and disciplinary decisions" on issues that rightly fall under the magisterium of the church.
Cardinal Gerhard Muller said while bishops' conferences have authority on some matters, "they don't constitute a magisterium within the magisterium, independently of the pope and out of communion with other bishops."