The Secretariat of State agreed on the Congregation’s restructuring last 3 September with Benedict XVI’s approval: the reorganization of the Congregation of Divine Worship involved the creation of new offices that will become operational as of next year. The main change is the establishment of an office, specifically dedicated to liturgical art and music (which Vatican Insider predicted in a previous article), which will provide guidelines to ensure that hymns sung during mass and the structure of new churches are adequate and correspond to the mystery being celebrated.
The changes in the dicastery led by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera were introduced just one year after the motu proprio “Quaerit semper” issued by Benedict XVI on 27 September 2011. This put the Roman Rota in charge of two issues which up until then the Congregation for Divine Worship had been responsible for. The first is to do with the invalidity of priestly ordination and the second with the dispensation for contracted but unconsummated marriages. Both issues had previously kept the Congregation of Divine Worship very busy.