From the Bollettino today. The Holy Father…
– Accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, presented by Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, upon having reached the age limit.
– Appointed Cardinal Claudio Hummes O.F.M., archbishop of Sao Paulo, Brazil, as prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.
– Accepted the resignation from the office of archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, presented by Cardinal Francesco Marchisano. He is succeeded by his coadjutor, Archbishop Angelo Comastri, prelate emeritus of Loreto, Italy, vicar general for Vatican City State, president of the Fabric of St Peter’s.
Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos will remain President of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei". You can bet that he will apply proportionately more of his energy to the mandate remaining to him.
Do you remember that these two Cardinals were involved in a matter of the old Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter?
Back in 2003, His Eminence DarÃƒÂo Card. Castrillon Hoyos, then Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy and President of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”, took some care about using the 1962 Missale Romanum in St. Peter’s.
In the past let’s just say that men who wanted to use the older Missale were treated with something less than courtesy in the sacristy, whether they had the proper "celebret" or not. Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos wrote to the Pope about this and got a "Rescript" back from him saying that priests with faculties must be allowed to say the old Mass in the Basilica. The Archpriest, then Archbishop Francesco Marchisano, "obeyed" but restricted use of the 1962 Missale to one of the several chapels in the crypt of the Basilica, the “Hungarian Chapel”, and only there. You had to produce a "celebret" from Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” and only from there (not many of those, I can tell you). That chapel was often reserved and therefore "unavailable". It did not have an ad orientem altar. There were no books. Etc. Etc.
So, a new Pharoah will enter the Sacristy of the Basilica and Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos is still President of "Ecclesia Dei" in very interesting times.