Cardinal Sarah’s fearless cri de coeur | Catholic Herald

The cardinal who’s out in the cold . . .

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The man who can’t make it with il papa;

Cardinal Robert Sarah is not the most influential figure within the Roman Curia. Although he is prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, one of the most important Vatican departments, his power is tightly circumscribed.

After he gave a speech in 2016 urging priests worldwide to celebrate Mass facing east, he received a rare public rebuke.

Later the Pope made sweeping changes to the membership of his Congregation – a move that was perceived as removing his supporters and replacing them with those who do not share his liturgical vision.

Il papa, probably for political reasons — he’s African, isn’t he? — has apparently decided he can’t fire him, or doesn’t have to. But the old bar bouncer can still poke fingers in his eye.

The bothersome cardinal in turn may be neutralized in his lofty position, but he can…

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