Catholic World News: Pope Names New Members of Council of Cardinals

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By Catholic World News, March 07, 2023

Pope Francis has revamped the Council of Cardinals, naming five new members to his top advisory panel.

The most notable changes in the composition of the group will be the departure of Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who had chaired the Council since its inception, and the German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, another original member. Both have recently been involved in controversy. The most noteworthy addition is Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, who has also stirred up controversy with his call for a change in Church teaching on homosexuality.

Also significant is the fact that Pope Francis has chosen to replace the oldest members of the Council with younger prelates, and extended the group’s mandate. The Council was originally seen as a panel created to help with the work of reorganizing the administration of the Vatican. But with that work completed, Pope Francis obviously plans to continue relying on the Council for help. …

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