Macias photoThe Vatican Bollettino reports today the appointment of Fr. Aurelio García Macías, 51, of the diocese of Valladolid, Spain to a new position in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He is named capo ufficio, which is a sort of office or staff manager. (There can be more than one capo.) The prefect of the CDW is Cardinal Robert Sarah, and the secretary is Archbishop Arthur Roche.

According to Alcuinus, the online liturgical bibliography, García Macías studied liturgy at Sant’ Anselmo, the Benedictine school in Rome, and wrote his doctoral dissertation on presbyteral ordination in the Byzantine and Roman rite. His advisor was Dr. Stefano Parenti.

Spanish media report that García Macías has been a consultant to the CDW since 2010, and began working at the congregation just a year ago. He is president of the Spanish Association of Professors of Liturgy (Asociación Española de Profesores de Liturgia).

Marini bkThe new appointee translated into Spanish the book by Archbishop Piero Marini, Liturgia y Belleza: Nobilis pulchritude. Piero Marini is well-known as the secretary to Archbishop Anibale Bugnini, the architect of the liturgical reforms called for by the Second Vatican Council, and as the long-time MC of Pope John Paul II. Marini served in the latter capacity at the beginning of Pope Benedict XVI’s term but was replaced by Benedict after two years.

This looks to be a good appointment. Congratulations and best wishes to Fr. García Macias.


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