Alongside the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which has direct jurisdiction over the Personal Ordinariates, it is the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW) which is our second most important dicastery, at least during this phase when Ordinariate Use liturgy is being developed and formulated by the inter-dicasterial Commission “Anglicanae Traditiones”, comprising both Congregations.
Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller of the CDF, a disciple of Benedict XVI, is supportive of the Ordinariates as he is clearly aware of and shares the Pope emeritus’ vision for the incorporation of the Anglican patrimony into the Roman Rite.
After the recent return of the Prefect of the CDW, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, to his native Spain as archbishop of Valencia, there has been some speculation about who might replace him as head of the dicastery. Names were mentioned of bishops who have in the past shown reluctance towards the Anglican Use liturgy. Well, they have not been appointed!
Pope Francis has now named Cardinal Robert Sarah as the new Prefect, a 69-year-old Guinean until now in charge of the Vatican’s humanitarian efforts. He has served as head of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum since 2010 and before that as number 2 at Propaganda Fide, but not much is known about Sarah’s background or expertise in matters of worship; the cardinal’s final degree was a licentiate in the Scriptures.
As Rocco Palmo writes in his blog “Whispers in the Loggia”, the Pope has chosen “a prefect whose ministry has been immersed in the work of charity and the perils of the missions – far removed from the boutique ‘liturgy wars’ so beloved by polarized Anglo-European elites”
We will probably soon see whether Cardinal Sarah’s appointment augurs well for the Ordinariates, as the work of Anglicanae Traditiones proceeds to the next phase, which will now hopefully be the drafting of the Ordinariate Use Divine Office.
Here are two brief videos with Cardinal Robert Sarah: