Cardinal Robert Sarah attends a mass on the St Peter’s Basilica on March 12, 2013 on the Vatican. The Holy See Press Office introduced that Sarah stepped down from his management place.

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Cardinal Robert Sarah attends a mass on the St Peter’s Basilica on March 12, 2013 on the Vatican. The Holy See Press Office introduced that Sarah stepped down from his management place.

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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 an announcement launched on Saturday, the Holy See Press Office introduced that Sarah stepped down from his management place. The Vatican didn’t present any motive for his resignation or identify a successor. Sarah submitted his resignation as required by church regulation final June when he turned 75. But cardinals are sometimes allowed to stay of their posts for just a few years longer, in response to The Wall Street Journal. Shortly after the announcement, Sarah posted an announcement on Twitter through which he alluded to his retirement age. “I’m in God’s palms. The solely rock is Christ. We will 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 Discipline of the Sacraments. However, 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 akin to homosexuality and the church’s relationship with the Muslim world. Last yr, the cardinal brought about controversy after co-writing a guide through which he defended the “necessity” of celibacy within the priesthood. His co-author, retired Pope Benedict XVI, later put distance between himself and the guide and requested for his identify to be taken off as co-author.