In general, appointments in the Roman Curia tend to be ad quinquennium… for a five year period. In ancient Rome, five-year periods were important for census taking, etc.: a lustrum.*
As it turns out, His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah, was appointed as Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments on 24 November 2014… five years ago.
So, in a couple weeks, Card. Sarah’s quinquennium will be up.
It will be very interesting to see what happens then.
Meanwhile, if you have not read Card. Sarah’s books, don’t delay.
They make good gifts to priests.
He gave an interview about the book in which he talks about how we are facing unprecedented times. We now have to battle “liquid atheism”.
That last phrase gives me the shivers, especially having seem the newest Terminator movie. A good analogy.
And then there’s the penultimate…
And if you haven’t read it yet… the antepenultimate…
*As it turns out there are two meanings for lustrum, -i, neuter. There is a lustrum that has to do with the census and the propitiatory sacrifices that went with them, or the term of a lease. There is a l?strum which, in the plural, l?stra, means “house of ill-repute, of debauchery”. When someone these days is appointed for a lustral quinquennium in a curial office, we might wonder which its going to be.