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Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea as head of the Vatican’s liturgy division, eradicating a conservative who was seen as an opponent of the pontiff’s imaginative and prescient for the church.
In a press release launched on Saturday, the Holy See Press Workplace introduced that Sarah stepped down from his management place. The Vatican didn’t present any cause for his resignation or identify a successor.
Sarah submitted his resignation as required by church regulation final June when he turned 75. However cardinals are sometimes allowed to stay of their posts for a number of years longer, in line with The Wall Avenue Journal.
Shortly after the announcement, Sarah posted a press release on Twitter wherein he alluded to his retirement age. “I’m in God’s fingers. The one rock is Christ. We are going to meet once more very quickly in Rome and elsewhere,” he wrote in French.
Aujourd’hui, le pape a accepté la renonciation de ma cost de Préfet de la Congrégation pour le Culte Divin après mon soixante-quinzième anniversaire. Je suis entre les mains de Dieu. Le seul roc, c’est le Christ. Nous nous retrouverons très vite à Rome et ailleurs. +RS pic.twitter.com/4sTLa4JjWB
— Cardinal R. Sarah (@Card_R_Sarah) February 20, 2021
By accepting the cardinal’s resignation, Pope Francis ousted a proponent of extra conventional Catholic liturgy. Sarah is taken into account a staunch conservative, and has been seen as a attainable future pontiff.
In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Self-discipline of the Sacraments. Nevertheless, because the Journal notes, it turned clear that the African cardinal and the pope shared very completely different visions on theological issues, together with on matters comparable to homosexuality and the church’s relationship with the Muslim world.
Final yr, the cardinal triggered controversy after co-writing a e book wherein he defended the “necessity” of celibacy within the priesthood. His co-author, retired Pope Benedict XVI, later put distance between himself and the e book and requested for his identify to be taken off as co-author.