Today’s Bollettino in Rome reports that Archbishop Augustine Di Noia‘s short run (since 2009) as secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship has ended. He has been named vice president of the pontifical commission “Ecclesia Dei” – that’s the one that deals with the reconciliation of followers of Marcel Lefebvre who reject the Second Vatican Council, and also deals with all the oddities and contradictions arising from the universal permission to celebrate the pre-Vatican II Mass since 2007 with Summorum Pontificum.
The new secretary of the CDW is Bishop (soon to be Archbishop) Arthur Roche, bishop of Leeds and chairmen of ICEL 2002-2012, during the difficult years that produced the botched new English Missal. (The work of ICEL and the bishops of the English-speaking world was undone when someone in Rome made over 10,000 arbitrary changes to the text at the last instant.)
In April 2010 the final Missal text (this final text was to be revised several times) was presented to Pope Benedict XVI at a lovely luncheon in Rome with Vox Clara. (Vox is the advisory committee to the Congregation on matters of English translation, when it isn’t functioning as the quasi-translation agency that holds ICEL under its thumb.) No one from ICEL was invited to the lovely luncheon – this amid reports that Bishop Roche was in Rome at the time.
Bishop Roche will stay on as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Leeds for the time being. In a letter to his clergy this morning he wrote, “While I accept this appointment wholeheartedly in obedience and in trust, I was surprised and not a little shocked by this news.”