The eventual merging of two or more dicasteries competent in similar or closely connected matters to create a single dicastery
serves on the one hand to give the latter greater importance (even externally).
The structure of the Curia, however, did not change fundamentally: most changes consisted in transferring responsibilities from one dicastery
to another, while more powers were given to the CDF; the bishops' visits ad limina every five years augmented centralization; (59) and bishops' conferences had a much more limited role than during Paul VI's pontificate.
That being said, this Dicastery
rests certain that His Lordship will act within the requirements of the law of the Church in any action he might take in regard to the Church of SS Peter & Paul and its parishioners.
Additionally, in his continuing effort to restructure the Curia in Rome, the pope created a new Vatican office, a "super dicastery
," for "promoting integral human development" that will be headed by Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.
Robert Cardinal Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum which is the dicastery
of the Holy See responsible for charity and humanitarian assistance, led the groundbreaking ceremony for the center during his visit to Palo on Jan.
While earlier moral theologians wrote about matters pertaining to the fifth, seventh, and eighth commandments, 20th-century manualists' attention turned to the continuous output of dicastery
normative teachings throughout the 20th century that were set on controlling Catholic identity and life within the church.
In fact, said Jorge Cardinal Medina Estevez, prefect of the Congregation, his dicastery
would assume responsibility for liturgical texts, that is, "will fulfill its mandate of ensuring that translations accurately and fully convey the content of the original texts."
In 1988, the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonua (9) of Pope John Paul II gave a new name to the dicastery
: The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), (Pontificium concilium pro dialogo inter religiones).
"In the light of such teaching, this dicastery
, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called 'gay culture'."
The draft of the text outlining the reform, obtained by NCR last month, indicates most Vatican offices will soon simply be known as a "dicastery
" a Greek term meaning a "department."
President Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said the meeting serves as "an opportunity to reaffirm that the elderly are not merely the object of attention and care but rather the subjects of a new perspective of life."
Particularly helpful are the sidebars built into the text to define or clarify key terms, e.g., eschatology, hypostatic union, Pneumatology, periti, inculturation, and dicastery
. Also included is a section for further reading on the council: general readings, then reports and memoirs from the council as well as books on specific documents.