Vatican City, May 8, 2018 / 10:15 am
The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life published updated statutes Tuesday, reconfirming their connection with the re-formed Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute, established by Pope Francis in September 2017.
The statutes say the dicastery "is directly linked to the 'Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences,' both with headquarters and affiliated institutes, to promote a common direction in marriage, family and life studies."
The new statutes also state a required minimum of only two lay under-secretaries, rather than the previously required three – one to head each of the three sections on laity, family and life – suggesting that the awaited appointment of a third under-secretary may be on hold.
The dicastery had two under-secretaries, Dr. Gabriella Gambino for the section on laity and Dr. Linda Ghisoni for the section on life, appointed late last year.