“Collegiality holds immense implications for the Curia. It means the Curia should operate not as a set of agencies in charge of the church but as agencies that serve lower agencies by helping them do what they are supposed to do. It means, in other words, strictly observing the Catholic rule of subsidiarity: the higher authority intervenes only when a problem exceeds the ability of a lower authority to deal with it. More basically, it means seeing the church itself as a collegial body, which imposes even upon the prima sedes, the chair of Peter, the obligation to function in a collegial fashion regarding other bishops, who, as Vatican II stated, have authority in their own right and are not vicars of the pope.”
John W. O’Malley, S.J.
The Jesuit journal, ‘America’ have followed their publishing of the recent ground-breaking Pope Francis interview, with this very interesting article by John W. O’Malley, S.J., asking ‘Is reform possible?’.
Read it here: http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/reform-possible