Saturday, July 04, 2009

Second Undersecretary for the CDW appointed

As we learn from today's bollettino of the Press Office of the Holy See,

The Holy Father has apoointed a second Undersecretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: the Rev. Mons. Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenesche, until now Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Toledo (Spain).

Mons. Ferrer had already in April been appointed a Consultor to the Congregation for Divine Worship (cf. Significant Nominations for the Congregation for Divine Worship). Mons. Ferrer was the Vicar General of the new Prefect of the CDW and former Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Cañizares, and has previously been mentioned on the NLM as co-organiser and participant in training workshops for the Extraordinary Form in Toledo (see NLM reports here and here). He also is Mozarabic Chaplain of the Cathedral of Toledo and parish priest of the parish of Santo Tomé where Mass in the usus antiquior is celebrated daily. Taking into account that the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei is to be attached to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it seems not unreasonable to speculate - but keep in mind that at this point it is no more than that - that the appointment of Mons. Ferrer as a second Undersecretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments - a post which did not exist before, and which therefore in my mind implies (although not necessarily) new responsibilites - could mean that the competence of that Pontifical Commission pertaining to strictly liturgical matters will be transferred to the Congregation for Divine Worship.

The NLM will endeavour to learn more about this development.


Mons. Ferrer to the right of Card. Cañizares at the Corpus Christi procession in Toledo. Before anyone asks: the wearing of the pallium with the cope is not foreseen by the rubrics, as far as I know, but seems customary in Toledo, as you can see in older photographs. Thanks for this picture to the Fraternity of Christ the Priest.