Does Pope Francis want to make real change to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and has he the power?
Pope Francis has issued a document on his reform of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The English translation will not be available for some time, so I am dependent on articles by various media outlets for my information of what it contains. It is part of Francis’ intended major reform of the Curia, which, with the assistance of his Council of Cardinals, he has been working on since early in his pontificate.
First, let me say a little about my own experience of dealing with the CDF over the past ten years, and what I see as essential to any reform of that body. Ten years ago, after 40 years of ministry as a priest, I was forbidden to minister publicly because the CDF objected to some of my views in a magazine published monthly by my religious congregation, and that situation remains the same to this day.