Rorate Caeli

New Prefect of CDW: Cardinal Sarah

As reported in today's just-released Vatican bulletin:

Pope Francis has appointed Robert Card. Sarah, until now President of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", as the new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Cardinal Sarah had distinguished himself as one of the strongest conservative voices at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops this year. 

Also, as previously predicted on La Croix and other sources, a meeting between Pope Francis and the heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia took place today.


From a 2012 address on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, in Lyon (France):

The spirit of the Council has at times been understood in a wrong way, as, for instance, in the temptation of making use of the criteria of the world to engage in dialogue with the world. I think in particular of liturgical deviations, of the downsizing of salvation to a temporal messianism, to an understanding of the Christian life as a sort of humanitarian commitment, to the foundation of social actions inspired by dialectic, and therefore losing the originality of the Christian message. But "opening up to the world" does not mean abolishing the contradiction between the Gospel and the world, nor to tone down the Christian message. It is rather to present to our world the message of the Gospel in all its purity. It is Christ who is the light of the world, as the Council affirms.

Sarah has been often mentioned by us here, including at the time of his remarkable address to Caritas International - now, completely freed of his supervision...