Cardinal Sarah to leave Vatican prefect post

Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Source: CNA.

Cardinal Sarah, who turned 75 in June 2020, was the most senior African prelate at the Vatican, appointed head of the liturgy department by Pope Francis in November 2014.

He had previously served as the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and as secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Cardinal Sarah said in a Tweet on February 20 that Pope Francis had accepted his resignation after his 75th birthday.

During his tenure at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Sarah built a reputation for outspoken commentary on the Church and the world.

In 2016, he encouraged priests to celebrate Mass facing east, prompting a Vatican spokesman to say that his words had been “misinterpreted.”

During the first Synod on the Family in 2014, Cardinal Sarah opposed what he said were efforts by the media “to push the Church [to change] her doctrine” on homosexual unions.

At the 2015 family Synod he said threats to the institution of marriage and the family claiming “what Nazi fascism and communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today.”

Cardinal Sarah was also at the centre of a controversy in January 2020 over the presentation of a book, From the Depths of Our Hearts, as a co-authored work by himself and retired Pope Benedict XVI. The book elicited conflicting statements on the extent of the pope emeritus's involvement in the project.

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Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Robert Sarah's resignation from divine worship congregation (By Hannah Brockhaus,CNA)

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