Earlier this year, Pope Francis promulgated an apostolic constitution that outlined reform and reorganization for the Roman Curia. As of this writing, I have yet to see this document in anything but Italian on the Vatican site. Liam suggested I wait for an authoritative translation, but I think we can get the gist of it without going too deeply into exact wording.
Sacraments and sacramentals, and how they are under the governance of bishops and pastors is the topic here, less liturgy itself:
90. The Dicastery takes care of the discipline of the sacraments and the juridical implications pertaining to their valid and licit celebration, as well as of the sacramentals, without prejudice to the competence of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.
We know that matters that pertain to doctrine will fall under the CDF, now DDF. In the last century, this was Cardinal Ratzinger’s department, as you readers know. If a bishop can’t give an authorization, then Rome can:
It shall examine and grant requests for pardons and dispensations which, in this matter, exceed the competence of the diocesan Bishops.
A special event:
91. The Dicastery promotes and animates the periodic celebration of International Eucharistic Congresses and offers its collaboration in the celebration of National Eucharistic Congresses.
This is something, perhaps it is new:
92. The Dicastery deals with areas concerning liturgical life:
- promoting liturgical formation at various levels, including through multi-regional conferences;
- Supporting Commissions or Institutes created to promote the liturgical apostolate, music, song, and sacred art;
- erecting associations that promote such purposes of an international character, or approving their statutes.
Other dicasteries have offered these services in other areas of religion and culture. I’m less aware of such things in liturgy and music. But conferences, institutes, and international associations would be good things to promote, especially in the current climate.
Here’s a shift from the Ecclesia Dei commission:
93. The Dicastery is concerned with the regulation and discipline of the sacred liturgy with regard to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.
Comments on that?
And a catch-all:
94. The Dicastery is responsible for the protection of the cult of sacred relics, the confirmation of the heavenly Patrons and the granting of the title of Minor Basilica.
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