Rorate Caeli

As widely anticipated


¨The Holy Father has accepted the resignation presented by His Eminence Card. Francis Arinze, having reached the age limit, from his position as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and has named to succeed him in the same position His Eminence Card. Antonio Cañizares Llovera, up to now Archbishop of Toledo (Spain).¨

Source: Holy See Press Office

21 comments:

Paul Haley said...

Does anyone know if this is good news in terms of the new Prefect? I don't know the man myself and have no means for discerning whether it's good news or bad.

Anonymous said...

Forgive my ignorance,
Is this a good move for tradition worldwide?

Nathan Collins said...

Wikipedia - Cañizares is sometimes known by his nickname of "Little Ratzinger,"[2] referring to the similar beliefs and opinions between him and Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger, who himself is aware of and "very amused by this expression."

Johnny Domer said...

Um, look at that picture next to the post. He's offering a Pontifical High Mass at the throne, during an ordination for the Institute of Christ the King. I don't remember Cardinal Arinze doing that, and he was a decent Prefect. Cañizares' nickname is "Little Ratzinger." I'd say he's a good choice.

JWDT said...

I am assuming the picture is of him? If that is the case, he at least vests correctly.

Flambeaux said...

My impression of the scuttlebutt of the last few months is that this is a very good move from the POV of Benedict's efforts at restoration.

John Hudson said...

This is most likely good news for tradition. In Spain, Cardinal Cañizares is known as 'the Little Ratzinger' on account of his sympathy to the Holy Father's ideas and their long friendship and working relationship in the CDF. He is also a member of the Commission Ecclesia Dei. Further, in 2007 he ordained priests for the Institute of Christ the King.

Anonymous said...

Good news. A friend of the ancient rite, not only has he celebrated it publicly himself, but also ordained priests into the Institute of Christ the King in Spain.

Conchúr

Leonardo said...

Well,what I know is that Canizares in Spain is known like "little Ratzinger"

Anonymous said...

Very Good.
As good as Arinze was bad!

Anonymous said...

Good move for tradition?

New Catholic, posting that great shot of Cardinal Canizares in cappa at Father Z's should calm the worry.

~ Belloc

Syriacus said...

See:

http://www.icrsp.org/Evenements-2007/ordinations-2007/Sacerdoce/Sacerdoce.htm


:-)

Anonymous said...

Praise Jesus!

Vincent said...

Even better, His Eminence has guaranteed training in the usus antiquitor for all seminarians of his diocese and has even considered opening a separate seminary for it in Toledo.

Paul Haley said...

Vincent said...

Even better, His Eminence has guaranteed training in the usus antiquitor for all seminarians of his diocese and has even considered opening a separate seminary for it in Toledo.

Perhaps when he gets to his new assignment he will be able to see this dream implemented throughout the Latin Church. Of course, he'll have to work with the heads of other dicasteries but wouldn't that be grand! Thanks to all who have answered my question on this cardinal's background. I am thankful for his appointment. Deo gratias.

Anonymous said...

Positive appointment obviously : I'm surprised that anyone could ask such a question, except if you do not follow any Church news.

This appointment was leaked months ago by the way.
The real question is if the secretary Abp Ranjith is staying or not. A duo Canizares-Ranjith would carry a very strong message for example to European bishops who are still, in majority, deaf and blind in liturgy.
It is for the moment an appointment that makes sense, far from the strange ballet of 2006 with cardinal Hummes, or the odd Ravasi appointment.

Alsaticus

Stu said...

I wonder if the delay on the Summorum Pontificum Instruction letter was in part to wait for this appointment.

Anonymous said...

I see no change in church liturgy policy. The one who calls the shots is Benedict XVI.

Jordanes said...

Well, no change since 14 Sept. 2007, that is . . . . Had a pretty big change then.

Londiniensis said...

It has been widely trailed in usually reliable media that Abp Ranjith is to be made Abp of Colombo and get a cardinal's hat, but that a reasonable overlap with the new Prefect should be allowed for, so expect no changes for a few months.

j hughes dunphy said...

Dear Rorate:
Anything from the hand of this most noble pontiff, Benedict XVI, has thus far been in favor of tradition and the reestablishment of the primacy of one form of worship in the Church, the "Missa Latina Tridentina", the most efficacious of prayers by mankind to the Trinity since the Upper Room and its institution by Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest. How desperately we need a total restoration of holy and reverent worship to God in the Catholic Church! This is another step in that affirmative direction!
Thanks be to God,
j hughes dunphy
www.the orthodox Roman Catholic.com