Sri Lankan cardinal carries the ball in Vatican and national matters . . .

via Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith on the Liturgy and its Abuses

Can’t say enough for this long, extended collection of commentary and critique by the one-time Vatican hand,

. . . a Sri Lankan . . .  ninth and current Archbishop of Colombo, serving since 2009. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2010. He previously served as Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (2001–2004), and Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (2005–2009).

. . . and no mean leader of his people in his native land:

. . . the Sri Lankan cardinal has been unusually blunt in the aftermath of the Easter bombings which hit two Catholic churches on the South Asian island, as well as an Evangelical church and three hotels.

Ranjith has complained about the government’s response to the attack, and closing the churches to Sunday worship drives the point home that he doesn’t think the security forces are up to the task of protecting the country’s Christian minority.

So he’s a plain speaker in re: both liturgy and political foot-dragging.

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