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Give laity decision-making power

VATICAN (SE): There should also be a Pontifical Council for the Family headed by a married couple, Oscar Rodriguez Cardinal Maradiaga told the French Catholic newspaper, La Croix, on February 20.

“Why not?” he asked. “It would be a wonderful sign. And it would be great to have a Congregation for the Laity within the Church. I can tell you that the spirit is pushing in this direction. More and more lay men and women are taking the joint responsibility of being leaders in the Church.”

Cardinal Maradiaga is the president of the commission of eight cardinals the pope has appointed to advise him on curia reform, or in the more informal parlance of the Vatican corridors, his kitchen cabinet.

“The Church definitely needs this. We have a Congregation for Bishops, for Religious Life and for the Clergy, but the laity only gets a pontifical council, even though they are a majority within the Church,” he went on.


“We cannot go on like this. After the Second Vatican Council all the laity had was a secretariat. A pontifical council is limited, because it has no legal power. This is why we need a real congregation,” he stressed.

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