Cardinal Robert Sarah appointed the Ordinariates’ alter-Prefect

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.

Cardinal Robert SarahAs 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:

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6 Responses to Cardinal Robert Sarah appointed the Ordinariates’ alter-Prefect

  1. Ian Williams says:

    I thought we already had the Ordinariate Use Office in the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham? Or is that a UK-specific initiative, which might or might not feed into the development of a final version for all jurisdictions?

    • Yes indeed, the Customary is an interim book approved only by the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, although I imagine that the final version of the Divine Office will rely heavily on the work by Fr. Aidan Nichols OP, Mgr. Andrew Burnham´and Fr. Daniel Lloyd that went into this initiative.

  2. EPMS says:

    Are the BDW services of Morning and Evening Prayer still authorised somewhere?

  3. EPMS says:

    Speaking of “far removed from the boutique ‘liturgy wars’ “, the buzz in the blogosphere is that Cardinal Sarah has no particular interest or expertise in liturgy. Thus the staffing changes made ahead of his appointment are of greater relevance to the future of AT.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      EPMS,

      You wrote: Speaking of “far removed from the boutique ‘liturgy wars’ “, the buzz in the blogosphere is that Cardinal Sarah has no particular interest or expertise in liturgy.

      If so, that would be extremely bizarre — especially when the pope himself is a liturgist.

      Of course, some Traditionalists would say that of many people who hold pontifical degrees (STD or STL) in liturgy….

      Norm.

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