“Don't let heads roll”

Pope Francis has announced personnel changes in the council of cardinals for church reform. However, he said he does not want to "let heads roll". The fifth anniversary of the cardinals' council is an occasion to "renew it a little," the pope said.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German Bishops' Conference, also sits on the nine-member panel. Francis did not give details, according to Reuters news agency (Sunday). The head of the church indicated that he also wanted to renew the top of the central goods administration.

Time for renewal

The fifth anniversary of the Council of Cardinals is an occasion to "renew it a bit," the pope said in the exclusive interview, conducted a week ago and published in sections.

Of the council's nine cardinals, two are under particular public prere. George Pell, head of the Vatican's economic secretariat, is on trial in his native Australia on abuse charges. Chilean Francisco Javier Errazuriz accused by abuse victims of obstructing prosecution of sexual offenses as archbishop of Santiago. Both cardinals deny wrongdoing.

Change in the administration of goods

According to Francis, there should also be a change in the administration of goods of the Holy See. Their president Cardinal Domenico Calcagno has already offered his resignation due to age, the pope said, according to Reuters. In this context, Francis spoke out in favor of a change in mentality.

While he deemed internal reforms at the once-scandal-plagued Vatican Bank a success, the pope expressed concern about property management. There is "no transparency" there, he said. Whether this will change depends on the Apsa goods administration.

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