PAPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETS FOR NINTH TIME – NEW CARDINALS ASSIGNED MEMBERSHIPS IN ROMAN CURIA

PAPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETS FOR NINTH TIME

The C9 – the nine-member Council of Cardinals that meets four or five times a years with Pope Francis to advise him on Church and Vatican business – began its ninth meeting this morning. The cardinals are meeting together with the Holy Father through Wednesday, although Pope Francis will preside at the weekly general audience on Wednesday morning.  The C9 last met in February 2015. (file photo: news.va)

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The C9 members are Cardinals Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State; Francisco Javier Errazuria Ossa, archbishop-emeritus of Santigo de Chile; Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay; Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich; Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa; Sean Patrick O’Malley OFM Cap, archbishop of Boston; George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy;  Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, SDB, archbishop of Tegucigalpa and Pietro Parolin, secretary of State.

C9 member Cardinal Sean O’Malley was also busy Sunday when he met with several members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors who had requested a special meeting with him as head of that Commission. The three – Peter Saunders, Catherine Bonnet, and Sheila Hollins –  are part of a Commission subcommittee and asked to discuss the appointment of Chilean Bishop Juan de la Cruz Barros Madrid, previously a military chaplain, to lead the diocese of Osorno. (JFL photo)

CARDINAL O'MALLEY

Bishop Barros’ appointment angered many and triggered wide protests in Chile because, although he was never formally charged, he was accused of protecting Fr. Fernando Karadima, a prominent priest in Chile whom the Vatican sentenced in 2011 to a life of solitude and prayer after being found guilty of sexually abusing minors in the 1980s and 1990s. The population of Chile is 70 percent Catholic.

When the Barros appointment was made public, Catholic faithful objected and tried to get Pope Francis to withdraw the name. His installation went ahead in March but was shortened in nature.

The three members of the papal Commission for the Protection of Minors, in comments to various media, said the meeting with Cardinal O’Malley on Sunday “went very well” and they feel assured he will bring their comments to Pope Francis during the C9 meetings.

A statement was issued Sunday by Msgr. Robert Oliver, Commission secretary. It noted that members were able “to discuss their concerns about the appointment of Bishop Barros in Chile.” It said; “Although we are not charged with dealing with individual cases, the protection of minors is our primary concern. The process of appointing bishops who are committed to, and have an understanding of child protection is of paramount importance.” The statement said additionally that, “In the light of the fact that sexual abuse is so common, the ability of a bishop to enact effective policies, and to carefully monitor compliance is essential. Cardinal O’Malley agreed to present the concerns of the subcommittee to the Holy Father.”

NEW CARDINALS ASSIGNED MEMBERSHIPS IN ROMAN CURIA

All cardinals are assigned membership in one or more of the Church’s 9 congregations and 12 pontifical councils or other dicasteries of the Roman Curias. The Vatican today published the congregations or councils to which the cardinals created in the February 14 public consistory have been named:

1) In the Council of Cardinals and Bishops of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State, His Eminence Cardinal Dominique Mamberti, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura;

2) in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, His Eminence Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez Perez, Archbishop of Valladolid (Spain);

3) in the Congregation for Oriental Churches, the Eminent Cardinals: Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); Edoardo Menichelli, Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo (Italy);

4) in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, His Eminence Cardinal Dominique Mamberti, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura;

5) in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, His Eminence Cardinal Dominique Mamberti, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura;

6) in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Eminent Cardinals: John Atcherley Dew, Archbishop of Wellington (New Zealand); Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon, Archbishop of Hanoi (Vietnam); Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij, Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand); Arlindo Gomes Furtado, Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde); Soane Patita Paini Mafi, Bishop of Tonga (Tonga);

7) in the Congregation for the Clergy, the Eminent Cardinals: Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon (Portugal); Alberto Suarez Inda, Archbishop of Morelia (Mexico);

8) in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Most Eminent Cardinals: Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon (Myanmar); Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, Archbishop of Montevideo (Uruguay);

9) in the Congregation for Catholic Education, His Eminence Cardinal José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan, Bishop of David (Panama);

10) in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, His Eminence Cardinal John Atcherley Dew, Archbishop of Wellington (New Zealand);

11) in the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Most Eminent Cardinals: Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon, Archbishop of Hanoi (Vietnam); Alberto Suarez Inda, Archbishop of Morelia (Mexico);

12) in the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” the Eminent Cardinals: Francesco Montenegro, Archbishop of Agrigento (Italy); Arlindo Gomes Furtado, Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde); Soane Patita Paini Mafi, Bishop of Tonga (Tonga);

13) in the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People the Most Eminent Cardinals: Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); Francesco Montenegro, Archbishop of Agrigento (Italy);

14) in the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Healthcare workers, His Eminence Cardinal Edoardo Menichelli, Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo (Italy);

15) in the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Eminent Cardinals: Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon (Myanmar); Ricardo Blazquez Perez, Archbishop of Valladolid (Spain); José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan, Bishop of David (Panama);

16) in the Pontifical Council for Social Communications,  the Eminent Cardinals: Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon (Portugal); Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij, Archbishop of Bangkok (Thailand);

17) in the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, his Eminence Cardinal Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, Archbishop of Montevideo (Uruguay).

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