Suggestions regarding synodalization and decentralization in the reorganization of the so-called Roman Curia (Curia reform, Council of Cardinal Advisers)
by Thomas Schumacher (2015/2017)

On the path of her earthly pilgrimage, the »complex reality« of the Church, which »comes together from a human and a divine element«, means that she is »at once holy and always in need of purification« (LG 8). Under the impression of obvious deficits, the Council of Cardinal Advisers, on the basis of an initiative by Pope Francis (April 14, 2013; September 28, 2013), has begun an examination of all those dicasteries that up to now have been collectively designated as »the Roman Curia«, looking at the type and number of these bodies and at the way they work. Initial results can be seen, for example, in the setting up of a Secretariat for the Economy and of a »Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development« in the light of the Gospel, which brings together commitment to social justice and to treating the natural environment with care (17.08.2016).

Other future measures, such as the fusion of some existing dicasteries or the establishing of new dicasteries, could perhaps improve operational methods in points of detail, but they would not do justice to the real challenge, which is generated by the very essence of the Church – a complex organism that consists only in and out of local Churches. This points to some very fundamental aspects of the reform that are based on the service character of the Roman dicasteries in relation both to the worldwide Church and to the local Churches. In what follows, these aspects will be formulated as suggestions, in keeping with the essential interlocking of the worldwide Church and the local Churches.