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Catholic Church: Archbishop Marx loses seat on Pope’s advisory board

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The Munich clergyman had been a member of the Cardinal Council since it was founded in 2013. Francis confirmed other advisors in the panel. The Pope decreed new statutes for the scandal-ridden Vatican Bank.

Munich Archbishop Reinhard Marx has lost his seat on Pope Francis’ Cardinal Council. The pontiff did not nominate the German clergyman for another term in the close advisory body, as the Holy See announced.

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Marx had been a member of the council since Pope Francis established it in April 2013. Now the head of the Catholic Church decided on other members in the nine-member body.

Unlike Marx, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin (Italy), Cardinals Fridolin Ambongo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Sean Patrick O’Malley (USA) and Oswald Gracias (India) were confirmed in the council, also known as the K9 Council.

Limited tenure for Vatican Bank officials

Cardinals Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, Juan José Omella Omella (both Spain), Gerald Lacroix (Canada), Sergio Da Rocha (Brazil) and Jean-Claude Hollerich (Luxembourg) are newcomers. In April, the Council is to meet for the first time in the new composition.

At the same time, the Pope decreed new statutes for the Vatican Bank (IOR), which is responsible for the administration of all movable assets of the Holy See and its associated institutions. Among other things, leading officials – including cardinals – only have a maximum of two terms of five years each.

The management level is streamlined. In addition, the work of the institute, which has been involved in a number of scandals in recent years, is to become more transparent. The areas of responsibility of the individual bodies are more clearly separated from each other.

Source: Stern

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