Pope Francis Forms Ground-Breaking New Lay Committee

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Pope-Francis-GETTYAccording to a Reuters wire story, Pope Francis announced last week that he has formed a new committee of lay advisors from around the world that will have broad, unprecedented powers at the church’s highest levels. Encouraged to do so by his eight-cardinal advisory committee, this move marks a significant change in the way that the Vatican power structure had been previously organized. The wire story explains: “Made up of seven international lay experts and one cleric, the commission will report directly to the pope and advise him on economic affairs, improving transparency and enforcing accounting principles. Its members will have the right to examine any paper and digital document in the Vatican.”

The particular details of what this committee’s immediate agenda entails remain unclear, but in further counter-intuitive Vatican bureaucratic style, reports suggest that this committee will be convened and meet with the pope as soon as he returns from his…

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