Bishop Ranjith Patabendige is named Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship

Source: FSSPX News


The Sri Lankan Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, Apostolic Nuncio of Indonesia and East Timor was nominated by Benedict XVI Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on December 10. He replaces Bishop Domenico Sorrentino, who was named Bishop of Assisi last November 19. (see DICI no. 126)

Bishop Patabendige Don, at the age of 58, is Titular Archbishop of Umbriatico (in Calabria, Italy). Until now he has resided in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

Now he has been chosen by the pope to take charge of the Congregation for Divine Worship, although the names of Bishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, Bishop of Angers, France and the English Benedictine Cuthbert Johnson were circulating for a while in the Roman Curia.

The Italian paper Il Giornale on December 12 presented him as a “conservative vice-minister in the Congregation for the liturgy. In fact, in April 2004, Bishop Ranjith, in an article in Osservatore Romano on the instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, against liturgical abuses, admitted that the liturgical reform of the Council had not produced the hoped-for fruits, denouncing a reductive interpretation of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and numerous irregularities in its celebration. The reporter from Il Giornale concluded from this that his nomination to the post at the side of Cardinal Arinze is “particularly significant from the perspective of the liturgical reform and the possible return of the faithful of Archbishop Lefebvre to full communion with Rome”.