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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Christmas present to the CDWDS from the Holy Father

This morning, I was checking my inbox when this piece of grand news hit (courtesy of the Vatican Information Service):

As members of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, archbishop of Warsaw, Poland; Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B.; Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura; Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, and Cardinal Velasio De Paolis C.S., president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.

The appointment of Cardinals Ranjinth and Burke are certainly welcome news.  Cardinal Ranjinth is no stranger to the CDWDS, having served as its secretary until last year when the Holy Father made him Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Cardinal Burke has a solid reputation for faithful adherence to the norms.  Under his watch while Archbishop of St. Louis, he established the Institute of Sacred Music, naming Fr. Sam Weber as its first director.  The office continues to flourish.  Given the announcement that the CDWDS prefect Antonio Cardinal Canizares Lloera made about the new division for Art and Sacred Music, Cardinal Burke's experience with the Institute can serve to offer the Congregation guidance on this coming venture.

Fr. Z calls Pope Benedict XVI the "Pope of Christian Unity", which is certainly true.  But, in this case, I would add that our Holy Father is also the "Pope of the New Liturgical Movement."


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