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Card. Gracias: G8 Commission marks a new approach for the Church

2013-09-27

One of the eight Cardinals the Pope chose to advise him on reforming the Curia and Church's governance is the Archbishop of Bombay, Card. Oswald Gracias. He describes the commission as a new approach for the Church.  

CARD. OSWALD GRACIAS
Archbishop of Bombay (India)
"I do feel that Catholics should expect lots of changes, in the sense of direction. But I don't think we could say that after the meeting there will be dramatic changes. No I don't expect that.”

The eight Cardinals have thought long and hard about the list of topics they will bring up with the Pope. Among them is the role of women in the Church, the issue of marriage annulments.  The commission's first meeting will be October 1st.

CARD. OSWALD GRACIAS
Archbishop of Bombay (India)
"But it's going to be in this context, and after we meet the Holy Father, we'll know exactly what he wants.  And I hope also that we can bring the local churches to the Holy Father, from the grassroots. That's so important for the Holy Father.”

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, says any reform must meet the current needs of the entire Church, not just the Church in Europe.

CARD. OSWALD GRACIAS
Archbishop of Bombay (India)
"That, I think, is what the Holy Father is trying to tell us: back to the basics, back to essentials. Jesus came to serve those who were poor, underprivileged, to liberate them. That's what the Church should do, gradually be, and that's what they are calling us today.”

The Bombay cardinal is the only Asian representative in the commission which has been nicknamed the 'G8.' The other seven Cardinals come from different parts of the world.


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