Some people have speculated about whether the choice to move Arch. Malcolm Ranjith from the CDW to the See of Colombo was a case of promoveatur ut amoveatur.
I haven’t thought so.
Sure, Archbishop Ranjith would have some enemies in the Curia because of his strong challenges to some prevailing liturgical practices.
But Archbishop Ranjith is highly esteemed in his native Sri Lanka. I had heard some time ago that the Sri Lankan government would be happy to have Archbishop Ranjith there because of the good influence he might exert in a country torn by strife.
Keep this in mind: Archbishop Ranjith is not going back to an easy situation.
In any event, our friends over at NLM have the text of a letter sent by Pope Benedict XVI to Archbishop Ranjith on the occasion of this change:
To my Venerable Brother
Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don
Archbishop of Colombo
In the moment in which, with your appointment as Metropolitan Archbishop of Colombo, your service arrives at its conclusion as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I wish to express my sincere thanks for the fidelity, the commitment and competence with which you exercised that office.
While you now prepare for this important new pastoral mission in your country to begin, we have reason to be encouraged by the good you will be able to perform among the peoples of your land.
I happily accompany you with my fervent prayer that the Lord will fill your ministry with abundant fruits, and entrust your person to special protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and I wish to impart to you and to the Archdiocese of Colombo my Apostolic blessing.
I suspect that we are going to continue to hear from Archbishop Ranjith on liturgical issues, just as we have heard from Archbishop Burke on matter of interest to Catholics in the United States. Just because men change roles doesn’t mean that they lose interest in or stop talking about what matters to them.
Also,with Cardinal Canizares as Prefect, and Archbp. DiNoia as Secretary, there will be a pretty good team at CDW.