Pope Francis with the Council of Cardinals in February 2017 © Osservatore Romano
The Council of Cardinals has pledged support to Pope Francis in the current crisis. From the 26. Consultation round also comes proposal to think about the personnel structure of the Cardinal's Council.
The body expressed its "full solidarity" with the head of the Church and was "aware that in the current debate the Holy See will also formulate any necessary clarifications," according to a statement ied by the Vatican press office on Monday evening, without giving further details on the subject.
Proposal to the Pope
Another outcome of the first day of deliberations, according to the report, was a proposal to the pope to reflect on the "work, structure and composition" of the Council of Cardinals after five years, also taking into account the "advanced age of some members".
Two of them are currently under particular public prere: George Pell (77), head of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy on leave, is on trial in his home country of Australia for allegations of abuse. Chilean Francisco Javier Errazuriz, 85, accused by abuse victims of obstructing prosecution of sexual offenses as archbishop of Santiago. Both cardinals deny wrongdoing.
Abuse scandals put Vatican under prere
Pope Francis is currently facing attacks from his opponents due to church abuse scandals in many countries. The former nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, had publicly called on the head of the church to resign in late August for allegedly knowing about sexual misconduct by former Washington archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. So far, Francis has not commented directly on the matter; there has also been no official statement from the Holy See so far.