Although the statement—calling for a worldwide financial authority—has prompted debates within the Vatican, the Secretariat of State was not caught off guard by the document, writes John Thavis for CNS.
While Cardinal Bertone has issued new rules requiring that new statements must be cleared through the Secretariat of State, those rules apply only to documents that are issued in the Pope’s name, Thavis writes. Citing Vatican sources, he explains:
Cardinal Bertone’s order, they said, simply stipulated that any documents bearing the pope’s signature must be released through his office. The Justice and Peace document did not fall into that category, even though its content was reviewed by the Secretariat.Read the Catholic News Service story "Did Cardinal Bertone really ‘disown’ the document on economic reform?"