Vatican administration needs total overhaul, cardinals tell pope

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October 3, 2013

VATICAN CITY | Cardinals advising Pope Francis on how to reform the Vatican believe the Holy See’s central government is so problem-ridden that only a total overhaul can fix it, the Vatican said on Thursday.

The unusually stark acknowledgement came on the third and final day of closed-door meetings between the pope and eight cardinals from around the world who are discussing the Vatican’s troubled administration and mapping out possible changes in the worldwide Church.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the cardinals were no longer considering adjustments or changes to a 1998 constitution on the workings of the Vatican’s various departments, known as “Pastor Bonus” (Good Shepherd).

“(The cardinals) are leaning towards a constitution with very significant new elements; in short, a new constitution,” Lombardi told reporters at a briefing.

The Vatican’s central administration, known as the Curia, has been accused of being dysfunctional and riven with infighting and was largely blamed for many of the mishaps and scandals that plagued the papacy of Benedict XVI, who resigned in February.

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