Pope accepts Cardinal Sarah’s resignation as head of Vatican liturgy office

Today Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. Sarah turned 75 this past June and, pro forma, submitted his resignation at that time. Josh McElwee has a good report on this development is at NCR.

Cardinal Sarah’s tenure has been not without controversy. Here are select posts on his work over the years from Pray Tell (most recent first).


  1. Cardinal Sarah is a wonderful example of our Catholic faith. He also is a stalwart defender of the civilization that the Catholic Church created. I hope this is not his last ofice in the Church.

  2. Let us hope and pray that the new prefect of CDW extend a friendly hand to the faculty and community of Sant’Anselmo, and (if not by his own person) increase the role of liturgical scholarship in this dicastery that forms a great part of our thoughts and prayers.

  3. While I respect the good Cardinal, one only need look to one or two articles in the list here to know he is of the Traditionally-minded, pre-Vatican II mindset when it comes to most things in my opinion. I hope he enjoys his retirement and we have someone more forward thinking to replace him in this office.

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