According to the draft reform of the Curia, some top positions may carry a maximum of two, five-year terms.
Although Turkson’s term is formally expiring, the blog report was that he planned to resign.
On Dec. 12, the Cardinal reportedly had a Christmas meeting with the staff of the dicastery, but he did not want to comment on that report, saying he would only speak when plans are official.
The news of the possible resignation comes at what seems to be the eve of the finalization of the reform of the Curia, and just a few months after Pope Francis had ordered an inspection in the dicastery.
Cardinal Blaise Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, led the inspection, as the head of a team made up of Sister Helen Alford and Pier Francesco Pinelli. Alford, a Dominican, is vice-rector of the Pontifical Angelicum University, an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and consultant of the dicastery. Pinelli has worked as a consultant with the companies Bain and Company and Netplan Management Consulting, and has been rumored to be involved in restructuring plans for the dicastery.
In a surprise move coming just weeks after the inspection, on Aug. 26, Father Augusto Zampini resigned as adjunct secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. A rising star of the dicastery and an active member and promoter of the Vatican’s COVID-19 commission, the Argentine priest returned to diocesan work without an explanation for his departure.