Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith obtained wide renown (and with some crowds, notoriety) in Rome and abroad as Secretary of the (Sacred) Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. He has since been appointed Archbishop of Colombo in his native Sri Lanka, with much speculation on what the move could mean.
Many “progressive” identifying Catholics and commentators saw this as a vindication of their convictions, with some crying that the “traditionalist firebrand” had been banished to far-off Asia, where his influence will be much diminished. Some “traditional” identifyng Catholics and commentators tempered this charge by saying that Abp Ranjith was simply the best man for the (formidable) job that awaited in Sri Lanka, a place where tensions between Muslims, Hindus and the Christian minority frequently spill over into violence and destructive vandalism.
With this in mind, see now how the next scene in this play is unfolding. Abp Ranjith has just issued a brief circular letter to the members of his diocese (priests, religious and laity) concerning liturgical practices. Bearing in mind that he was just recently the third-highest authority on liturgy in the material universe (after the Pope and the prefect of the CDW), this humble blogger thinks his letter is worth reading beyond the domain of his personal jurisdiction.