Liturgical leader Msgr. James Moroney will become interim rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Worcester, MA starting Jan. 1, AP reports. Moroney had previously been head of the seminary in Boston, but was asked to step last fall down during an investigation of misconduct at the seminary. Moroney was not accused of wrongdoing.
Moroney served previously as rector of St. Paul Cathedral, until in January 2011 he was named to the seminary post. He has served as executive secretary of the Vox Clara committee advising the Vatican on liturgical translations, and until recently was an advisor to the Congregation for Divine Worship in the Roman curia. From 1996 to 2007 he was Executive Director of the secretariat for liturgy at the U.S. bishops’ conference, serving capably as a moderating figure at a time when the so-called “liturgy wars” were becoming increasingly divisive in the U.S. Church.
Pray Tell wishes Jim Moroney the very best in all his future ministry and service.