Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ranjith Gone?

Rorate Caeli quotes a rumor that's been around awhile, but has its first public airing in an Italian newsplayer: Motu Proprio wars in the Roman Curia Ranjith off to Sri Lanka?

Part of the article:

Ranjith probably pays [the price] for having exposed himself with great emphasis (interviews, declarations, publication of articles) in favor of the papal Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum", with which the Mass in Latin according to the ancient rite revised by Pope John XXIII in 1962 was liberalized. It seems that, due to his repeated interventions, part of the Roman Curia may have explicitly asked Bertone, by way of a letter, that he should not become Prefect of a Congregation with such delicate tasks.And Bertone, [after] the due calculations were made, seems to have endorsed the signers of the letter. Signers who, two years ago, when Ranjith was nominated Secretary of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, did not accept well his arrival and the subsequent removal of Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino [previous Secretary] to the diocese of Assisi. The tally, however, must still be closed by Benedict XVI.

If the curial forces prove too much and lead to Ranjith's self-imposed exile to Colombo, it will be a sad day. Despite the direness of such a departure by so vocal an advocate of the Holy Father's agenda, I still have hope that Benedict will see things through.

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