In his motu proprio, Pope Francis said the CDF’s two sections will each be coordinated by a secretary whose job is to assist the prefect. Each section will also have an under-secretary who collaborates with the secretary and other heads of office.
The Doctrinal Section is responsible for matters “having to do with the promotion and protection of the doctrine of faith and morals.”
This includes promoting studies related to the transmission of the faith “at the service of evangelization, so that its light may be a criterion for understanding the meaning of life, especially in the face of questions posed by the progress of the sciences and the development of society,” Pope Francis said.
The Doctrinal Section examines curial documents before their publication to assure they are doctrinally sound. Pope Francis said it will also examine “writings and opinions which appear problematic for the correct faith, encouraging dialogue with their authors and proposing the appropriate suitable remedies to be applied.”
The section will also be responsible for issues regarding Anglican personal ordinariates.
The Disciplinary Section, instead, deals with certain serious canonical crimes.
Editor's note, 2022 Feb. 14, 1744: An earlier version of this article erred in its characterization of St. Paul VI's changes to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It has been corrected.