TUESDAY
May 1, 2001
volume 12, no. 121

Special Consistory to Discuss Bishops' Cooperation



    VATICAN, Apr. 30, 01 (CWNews.com) – Reform of the Roman Curia, the roles of bishops’ synods and of episcopal conferences will all be on the agenda—and papal primacy will not-- when the College of Cardinals meets in a special consistory later in May, according to an Italian newspaper report.

    According to the Italian daily Il Messaggero, a list of 21 topics has been sent to all of the world’s cardinals, to help them prepare for the consistory, Pope John Paul II called the College of Cardinals together, to meet May 21-24, for the special session. The general theme for discussion is "the relationship between universality and particularity in ecclesial communion."

    Early discussion of the consistory had indicated that the role of the Pope would be one of the chief points of discussion. But Il Messaggero reports that the issue of papal primacy is not on the working agenda for the meeting. Nor is ecumenism one of the 21 subjects listed, the newspaper said.

    In addition to questions about the bishops and collegial governance of the Church, Il Messaggero indicated that two other important topics would be the effort to ease world poverty and the crisis in sexual morality.


May 1, 2001
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