Since Pope Francis created a new office in the Roman Curia on Thursday 22nd of October, there have been serious talks as to whether he will as well reform the laws and regulations or constitute new one to govern especially the new office of the Roman Curia as it encapsulates the laity, family and life issues of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis long before his declaration of his intensions to establish this office in the Synod meeting last week had already written a letter on the 14th of October which was delivered on yesteday the 27th of October to the office of the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The letter enbodies the Pope’s reformation details the Roman Curia.
Pope Francis stated it clearly in his letter that this reformation period of the Roman Curia is not a stop to the already existing law and regulations of the Roman Curia, therefore, the existing law and regulations still stands.
Read fulltext of the Pope’s letter below:
“While the process of reform of various structures of the Roman Curia, to which the Council of Cardinals I instituted on 28 September 2013 is dedicating its attention, is continuing in accordance with the established programme, it is necessary to note that certain problems have emerged in the meantime, in relation to which I intend to take prompt action.
I wish first to state that the current period of transition is not a time of vacatio legis. Therefore, I confirm that the Apostolic Constitution “Pastor Bonus” and subsequent amendments thereto remain in full force, along with the General Regulations of the Roman Curia.
Since compliance with the common rules is necessary both to guarantee the orderly conduct of work in the Roman Curia and in the institutions connected to the Holy See, and to ensure equitable treatment of employees and collaborators, also in economic terms, I order that the provisions in the aforementioned documents, as well as in the Regulations for lay staff of the Holy See and Vatican City State and the Regulations of the independent Commission for the evaluation of the recruitment of lay staff in the Apostolic See, be scrupulously observed.
Accordingly, all staff hiring and transfers must be carried out within the limits established by staffing plans, excluding any other criterion, with the nulla osta of the Secretariat of State and in compliance with the prescribed procedures, including reference to the established parameters for remuneration.
The above, to the extent compatible with their Regulations, is valid also for the Governorate of Vatican City State and the dependent Institutions of the Apostolic See, although not expressly indicated in the Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus, with the exception of the Institute for the Works of Religion.
I therefore request, Your Eminence, that the provisions I have mentioned be brought to the attention of all the Superiors of the Dicasteries, the Offices and Bodies of the Roman Curia, as well as the Commissions, Committees and connected Institutions, as well as the Governorate, highlighting in particular the aspects requiring special attention, and that supervision of compliance be exercised.
I thank you for your collaboration and, in communion of intentions and prayer; I cordially greet you in the Lord”.