CDWDS Focus: More on Mass, Less on Law

Rumored since February, Pope Benedict has authorized an administrative switch in the curia.

Effective Saturday, two key responsibilities are shifted from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments (CDWDS) to the Roman Rota.

Without having to deal with judgments on a null ordination or a marriage validly contracted but not consummated, the Holy Father commented that the CDWDS could …

… dedicate itself principally to giving a new impulse to the promotion of the sacred liturgy in the church, according to the renewal willed by the Second Vatican Council.

We haven’t seen much liturgical renewal promoted in the past several years, but hey–less of a juridical load has to be a good thing, I suppose.

This quote from Cindy Wooden’s CNS piece was interesting:

Canon law also allows for a declaration of the nullity of an ordination to the priesthood when it can be demonstrated that there was a defect in the rite used or that the person being ordained did not or could not understand what ordination meant.

Even these days, how many people get ordained who don’t understand what it means? I mean: what would that look like?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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