Working with the pope is beautiful – cardinal

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez

October 6, 2014

NEW YORK – Pope Francis evangelizes with "encyclicals of gestures," which speak louder than words and texts, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa.

One of nine members of the Council of Cardinals advising the pope, the cardinal reflected on the reorganization of the Roman Curia in a Sept. 23 interview.

Working with Pope Francis is "really beautiful, because you know he's all the time with us as a friend and as a brother," Rodriguez said.

"It's beautiful to share with him and, of course, he's a simple person and he's not complicated and this is a blessing."

Reformation of the Roman Curia, the Church's central administrative offices, is a normal response to changing times, has a significant 20th-century precedent, and was a focus of the pre-conclave meetings before Pope Francis was elected, Rodriguez said.

"This is a normal process . . . that takes place in order to answer to the new signs of the times," he said.

The current process may feel different because Pope Francis exercises his ministry with a new style, he said.

Rodriguez said change will not come overnight, nor will it drag out indefinitely. "Many people are thinking that tomorrow the reform will take place. The last reformation, of Pope John Paul, took eight years!"

"Of course, we're not intending to spend eight years. Consultations of that time were not so easy, because they didn't have the Internet," he said.


In the cardinals' meetings before the papal conclave, he said, "there was a big desire for changing, for transforming, for responding to the new signs of the times."

The establishment of a Secretariat for the Economy was one of the first changes recommended by the pope's Council of Cardinals.

Rodriguez said the new secretariat has had an immediate and positive effect.

"In the past, there was no budget. Can you imagine a state without a budget? Now it's working and working very well," he said.