The intrepid Andrea Tornielli writes today on his blog:
In today’s Il Giornale in the Sunday culture section insert dedicated to books, I’ve published a review of the new work by Fr. Nicola Bux, [of "The Bux Protocol"] a theologian from Bari esteemed by Papa Ratzinger, a deep scholar of the orthodox world. It is entitled "The Reform of Benedict XVI" issued by Piemme, available from Tuesday in bookstores. It is a very interesting book for your understanding and framing in their real meaning what the Pope desired to accomplish in promulgating the Motu Proprio on the old liturgy (all post the article in the first comment for your convenience). In the passage of some weeks there are expected important developments at the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, in fact, has already arrived at 75 years, and on 23 November he will celebrate his 50th anniversary of priesthood. Before Christmas or at the beginning of the year, the Archbishop of Toledo, the Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera should leave his post. But it seems that the Secretary of the Congregation, Sri Lankan Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don is also on his way, destined for the role of Archbishop of Colombo, the capitol of Sri Lanka. It is very hard to make at the same time changes of the Number One and Two in a dicastery: it is therefore probable that, is certain rumors can be confirmed, some months will pass between one appointment and the other.
This is very much along the lines of conversation I have been having with friends in Rome in various offices.
The main point is this. If Cardinal Arinze retires first, then Archbishop Ranjith with stay well into the time of the next Prefect, whoever that may be, Card. Canizares or another we don’t know.
If Archbishop Ranjith leaves, then Cardinal Arinze would probably stay on a little longer, until there is a new Secretary in place and at work.
The behind the scenes, a struggle is going on over control of the direction of the CDW.
Dog bites man.
First, Archbishop Ranjith is a formidable figure. He would surely have some influence in the difficult problems in Sri Lanka. I suspect that the government there would love to have a man like him in place to help calm things down. At the same time, Archbishop Ranjith was hand-picked by Pope Benedict for his harmony of liturgical vision. He is resisted by others in the curia who are clinging to the old Piero Marini/Bugnini vision. The enemies of Pope Benedict’s reforms will with great determination be pressing for "balance". That is code for undermining Pope Benedict’s work, and Pope Benedict himself. In this case "balance" would mean either a Marini-ish/Bugnini-ish figure as either Prefect or Secretary of CDW… for "balance" to the extreme projects of Pope Benedict.
It is not impossible that a Secretary moves directly up to Prefect of the same Congregation, but it would be a rare move. It’s just not really done that way. However, if Archbishop Ranjith is allowed simply to be pushed out of the Curia under the cover of his being needed in Sri Lanka, and a squishy Marini/Bugnini guy is placed in the CDW for "balance", it will be very hard for many of Pope Benedict’s supporters in the Curia to want to raise their heads above the common herd.
To my mind, the appointment of strong men with a liturgical vision in keeping with Pope Benedict is balance, true balance, after the decades of devastation of the Lord’s vineyard through the misapplication of the post-Conciliar ideals of liturgical reform.
We need Benedict’s men in these key dicasterial posts, not the sort of men who will cling to the washed-up rubbish that so damaged worship for decades.