This morning the Holy Father appointed the former Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship to a cardinalate see in his home country of Spain.
Personally I would be happy to see the Congregation’s Secretary, Archbishop Arthur Roche, take the Congregation’s headship. This is for a number of reasons. I’ve been in small congregations where the Archbishop has said Mass, and found it easy to pray there. The Archbishop studied in Spain and is fluent in Spanish, which is very important for a curial head these days. He is anglophone, and English is the key world language of our times. Most important for me is his energetic role in fostering both priestly vocations and especially children’s singing in his former Diocese of Leeds.
Although I would imagine that the Prefect has already been chosen and is currently in pectore, God, who is beyond the confines of time, hears prayers in His eternity. So let us pray that the new Prefect will be a champion of freedom: freedom for a diversity of forms of the rites, freedom for beauty and truth, and freedom from the shackles of rigid, ill-considered liturgical ideologies that for decades now have pervasively kept the people of God from praying at the very source and summit of Catholic faith and life, the Sunday Mass.