Benedict XVI to Archbp. Ranjith

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.

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  1. Breviarylover says:

    promoveatur ut amoveatur

    What does this mean?

  2. prof. basto says:


    It means: let one be promoted, so that one can be moved (transferred from some place; sent away).

  3. Jack says:

    still one worries about the current round of musical chairs at the Curia, with Archbp Ranjeth and Cardinal Hoyes both departing the scene………

  4. Jack: That is ever the situation. People come and go… but they are, in this case, talking of more than Michelangelo.

    There are some very good men at the CDW right now.

  5. Aelric says:

    Perhaps the cynical simply cannot imagine that the Pope might be genuinely concerned for the pastoral care of Sri Lanka and has made an episcopal appointment with that end in mind? Those who live by “plots within plots” are ever confounded by simple virtue.

    It also seems that our Holy Father, who knows only too well the trials of being a curial “prisoner,” wants greater exchange between pastoral and curial appointments.

    Lastly, it might well be that the Holy Father shall appoint Archbishop Ranjith a cardinal within a few years: this would not be possible had he remained as Secretary at CDW.

  6. Jack says:

    I apologise for my cynicism, its probebly as a result of being a ‘trad’ living behind the lines in the UK where non-SSPX traditionalists are viewed with suspicion by most of the Clergy, Mea Culpa

  7. TJB says:

    There were many rumors earlier in the year about multiple changes within the Curia this Spring, are these the changes that were rumored or are there more to come?

  8. Aelric says:


    I hope you did not take my comment personally: it was not intended that way.


  9. Jack says:

    Aelric; actually I’m grateful for your comment, it snapped me out of a somewhat uncharitable mentality that i’d been cultivating for a while.

  10. EJ says:

    I wish the Archbishop well and hope that he will be as outspoken as ever outside of the confines of the Curia.. I will put my money on him becoming a Cardinal sooner or later, and as a cardinal he will be as influential as ever…. and I wonder if Archbishop Ranjith will attend Fr. DiNoia’s episcopal consecration here in DC? Anyone else coming here for July 11 for the ceremony? As far as I know it is open to the public – I would not miss this historic ceremony for the world.

  11. The news story on the Archdiocese of Washington’s web site is here. I hadn’t heard before this that the consecration was to be in DC.

  12. prof. basto says:

    Archbisphop Ranjith will be enthroned as Archbishop of Colombo in August.

    That being the case, will he receive the pallium as Metropolitan of the Colombo province on June, 29th this year, or on the same date next year?

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