The Scapegoat: Ranjith to Colombo

Archbishop Ranjith

Archbishop Ranjith

RORATE CAELI – As first mentioned here over one year ago, the mounting pressures against the formidable Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, will finally lead to his departure. Italian Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli reports today that Ranjith’s nomination as Archbishop of Colombo, capital city of his native Sri Lanka, will be announced next Saturday.

Tornielli implies that Ranjith could be made a Cardinal (only one occupier of the See of Colombo was ever created Cardinal) in what will be his second exile from the Roman Curia – his first one happened in 2004 when, as adjunct secretary of Propaganda Fide, he was suddenly nominated Nuncio to Indonesia by Pope John Paul II. 

Tornielli also mentions that a prelate from an English-speaking nation could be the new Secretary of Divine Worship, a man who would “pacify the liturgical battlefield”…

“As a Bishop I can’t be silent”


 His Excellency, Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Kazakhstan, has joined Archbishop Malcom Ranjith on speaking out on receiving communion in the hand.  Bishop Schneider’s book “Dominus Est:  Meditations of a Bishop from Central Asia on the Sacred Eucharist” was recently released by The Vatican Editing House. The book contains a foreword by Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith, the Vatican’s Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments.  Above is the interview with Bishop Schneider conducted by