Now, this is going to be exciting, the appointment of Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera is another bit of ratcheting up of the Benedictine plan to revitalise, re-sacralise, re-enchant, give roots to, choose whatever phrase you like, the Sacred Liturgy.
"Little Ratzinger" understands the principle of Lex Orandi Lex Credendi. As Primate of Spain he has been in the forefront of the battle against secularism.
I think there might be a few squeals next year. Incidently the Pope has invited the Benedictine Abbots and Abbesses of the world to meet with him at Monte Cassino. I am sure this is going to be another brick in the Pope's liturgical agenda.
Confirming a rumor that had circulated in Rome for months, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera of Toledo, Spain, to become the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
Cardinal Canizares replaces Cardinal Francis Arinze, who is retiring.
The retirement of the Nigerian cardinal, who had held the post of prefect since 2002, was announced on December 9: his 76th birthday.
Cardinal Canizares, who is 63, was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. He became Bishop Avila, Spain, in 1992, then Archbishop of Granada in 1996.
In 2002 he was appointed Archbishop of Toledo and primate of Spain; he was raised to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
The Spanish cardinal has been a strong voice for Catholic social teaching during a period when the country's hierarchy has clashed frequently with the Socialist political leadership. He denounced the government's moves to liberalize abortion law and said that legal recognition of same-sex unions "gos against nature, family, and a healthy society."
More recently he encouraged Catholic parents to "use all legitimate means in your power to defend your right to determine the moral education of your children.”