About John Lilburne
According to the Vatican Information Service, of 1 October
"The Holy Father ...
- Accepted the resignation from the office of prefect of the
Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacraments
presented by Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez. He appointed
at the same time Cardinal Francis Arinze, president of the Pontifical
Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, as president of same congregation.
- Appointed Bishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald, secretary of
the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, as president
of the same council, elevating him at the same time to the dignity
The day before they reported:
"On Saturday September 29 it was made public that the
Holy Father appointed Cardinal Francis Arinze, president of the Pontifical
Council for Inter- religious Dialogue, as his special envoy to the
celebrations of the Third National Eucharistic Congress which will
take place in Ibadan, Nigeria from November 15 - 17, 2002."
National Catholic Register of 27 May 2001 had an interview
with Father Peter Stravinskas about liturgical translations:
"... I think that we can't underestimate how much damage
has been done at a practical level by having such translations.
Cardinal Arinze and I were having a discussion about this a couple
of years ago. And I said some of this stuff would be humorous
if it wasn't so sad. You take a simple line in the Creed like
visibilium et invisibilium. A first year Latin student knows that
that's visible and invisible.
What does ICEL say? "Seen and unseen."
Well there's a world of difference between the two. I said to
Cardinal Arinze, "let me give you an example. If I hid under
the table I'm unseen, but I'm not invisible."
He howled with laughter. He has said since then that every time
he says Mass in English he finds himself smirking at that point
in the Mass."
Jonathon Kwitny wrote in his biography of John Paul II about
Bishop Arinze receiving the news that Cardinal Wojtyla had been
elected as Pope:
"... Bishop Francis Arinze of Enugu, Nigeria, was in Belfast,
Ireland, delivering a series of lectures at the behest of the Irish
Missionary Union. He was a valuable fund-raiser -- learned, articulate,
and African; he filled auditoriums. Arinze was in midlecture at a
secondary school when a priest interrupted him with the news. He
paused, reflecting on his encounters with Wojtyla at the international
Synod of Bishops, a new papal advisory body to which both men had
been elected by their peers.
"We are going to have order in the Church," Arinze told
his audience. ..." (Jonathan Kwitny, Man of the Century, Warner Books,
1998, page 11).
Time will tell if we are going to have order in the liturgy.
But I think this is an encouraging development.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 2 October 2002. Updated 23 December 2002, 23 June 2003, 5 October 2003, 3 November 2003, 28 April 2004.
23 April 2004 Introduction to Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum
Address of 8 October 2003 at
questions and answers, adoremus.org
of 17 May 2003 at Georgetown University
8 March 2003
Report 23 December 2002:
"Cardinal Arinze criticises priests who meddle with the Mass"
Portrait of Cardinal Arinze
Peter Stravinskas "New Liturgy Document Vindicates Critics"
Cardinal Medina Estevez