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ROME (RNS) As part of Pope Francis' pastoral reforms, all 44 members of the Roman curia, or governing body, must take turns hearing confession at a church near the Vatican.


  1. Well done Pope Francis,… the Roman Curia needs to remember that even though they are part of the central governing body of the Church they are also priests and pastors to the people of God and so their main obligation should be the salvation of souls.

    Getting the members of the Curia back to hearing Confessions will be a good lesson in humility and service, as well as it will give them the opportunity to serve Christ’s Church in a pastoral capacity (hopefully reminding them of why they became priests in the first place).

    The Roman Curia need to remember that they are not earthly politicians but priests.
    The power struggles within the Roman Curia and the scandals, power ambitions and so on have always existed within the Curia, and they will probably continue but hopefully this move by Pope Francis will help some of these men realize that one day they’ll too will have to account to God for the their souls as well as the souls of others.

  2. This report amuses me, a naughty Christian.

    It is like the Holy Father saying to his subordinates,

    “Get off yer hoses, boys and drink yer milk” LOL

  3. Daniel Berry, NYC

    Well, waddaya’ know: the pope wants the power-boys in the Vatican bureaucracy to do something that actual Christian priests do for a change.

    That’s not going to fly very well.

    No wonder he’s taking his meals in common with the rest of the Vatican staff.

  4. Pontifex Bergolio has hit the ball out of the park with the people of the world once more. His stock rises exponentially. The Scarlet 44 are being forced to be pastors once again. How revolutionary!!!

    Get the old dears out of their cappa magnas and lace nighties and into sweat shirts and jeans. They’ve got real work to do.

    All that’s left is to introduce Bingo and St. Patrick’s Day card parties to complete their return to being pastors and not paper shufflers. The ultramontanist traditionalists worry about the pope’s attachment to tradition. IThey have nothing to fear. If they only realized how this Argentinian Jesuit retreat master is a traditionalist to the very fiber of his being.