Breaking News: Bishop Roche named as secretary of liturgy department in Rome

By STAFF REPORTER on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 (

Bishop Roche (Photo: Mazur/

Bishop Roche (Photo: Mazur/

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds as secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, raising him to the dignity of archbishop at the same time.

Bishop Roche, 62, stepped down as chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy earlier this year after a decade in the role. During that time he had overseen the drafting of the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

As secretary he will be the Vatican’s number two on liturgy, serving under Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, who has been nicknamed “Little Ratzinger”.

Bishop Roche said: “I have to confess that I was very surprised and shocked by the news of this appointment. I am sorry to be leaving the Diocese of Leeds with its priests and people whom I have loved very much. I shall miss them enormously.

“I am, however, aware and deeply humbled by the confidence Pope Benedict XVI shows in me in entrusting me with this responsibility. I shall do my best to fulfil the task that lies ahead.”

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, president of the bishops’ conference of England and Wales, said: “It is a great honour for England and Wales that one of our bishops has been given this responsibility in service of the Apostolic See. Bishop Arthur has our full support and prayers as he undertakes this role. We will miss him very much.”

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4 Responses to Breaking News: Bishop Roche named as secretary of liturgy department in Rome

  1. Sixupman says:

    I hope they find another +Davies for Leeds!

  2. Mater mari says:


  3. Brother Burrito says:

    A “number two” had a different meaning when I was very small.

  4. Giovanni A. Cattaneo says:

    This is as obvious as one of those times when people get promoted out of places for a reason, to take a do nothing desk job where he will have as little to screw up as possible. I can not wait to see who the Pope appoints to Leeds.

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