The long-awaited announcement of the new red hats finally came at about 5AM Texas time. It's kind of hard to watch the live feed from EWTN with one bleery eye open and the other wanting to succumb to the effects of Zycam, but, two names made me pop up: Archbishops Raymond L. Burke and Malcolm Ranjinth!
The former, an American, heads the Apostolic Signature, the Holy See's equivalent of the Supreme Court. The latter, formerly served as the Secretary to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and is now the Metropolitan Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka. I was blessed to have had the privilege of meeting Cardinal-elect Ranjinth when I was at St. Louis for a conference. He is a very holy prelate and is an expert in liturgy. He has taken great pains, since his return to Sri Lanka, to instill sound liturgical practices.
Archbishop Burke left a huge mark on the Church of St. Louis, especially where liturgy is concerned. He established the Institute of Sacred Music in his archdiocese, placing as its head, Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB, who is a renowned expert in the field.
Congratualtions to both Archbishops Burke and Ranjinth for this well-deserved honor!
Congratuations to both Archbishops Burke and Ranjinth.