NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Pope Francis has named eight cardinals from around the world to advise him on reforming and running the Catholic church.
In just his first month as pope, Francis has already launched a major initiative to repair the tarnished image of the church.
Following Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan reacted to Francis’ decision to create the advisory panel.
“Oh, I’d say bravo,” Dolan told WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola. “We said ‘we’d like you to tap into us, count on our advice, our encouragement. Count on our criticism if we’ve got it, honestly.’ And I’m glad he took us at our word.”
The members of the panel include Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Vatican city state administration _ a key position that oversees, among other things, the Vatican’s profit-making museums. The non-Vatican officials include Cardinals Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, the retired archbishop of Santiago, Chile; Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, India; Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany; Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Congo; Sean Patrick O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston; George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia; and Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, who will serve as coordinator.