THE VATICAN's Committee for the Family may be upgraded by the Pope as a result of a meeting or heads of departments of the Curia in March.
The Committee, founded in 1973, played an important role in the work of the Synod of Bishops on the Family last year. It is headed by Cardinal Rossi, who also heads the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Archbishop Worlock of Liverpool is also a member of both bodies.
The Committee for the Family may be given a larger staff and a clearer identity of its own. Its job is at present to study the spiritual, moral and social problems of the family from a pastoral standpoint.
Other departments in the Curia are also ripe for reorganisation, but it is thought that the Pope is not ready to delay the changes at the Committee for the Family until a wider restructuring can be made. Changes at the Committee may come before the end or this month.
Another topic discussed by the cardinal heads of the Curia. in April, has been priestly dress. A report is said to have been submitted to the Pope on the matter. The Congregation for the Clergy may issue a statement on the matter. There is a feeling among curial members that some new guidelines should be laid down on how priests ought to show out. wardly that they are priests.