|Latin: Dicasterium de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum|
Italian: Dicastero per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti
Palazzo delle Congregazioni in Piazza Pio XII (in front of St. Peter's Square) is the workplace for most congregations of the Roman Curia
|Formed||March 1, 1989(as a Congregation with the same name)|
|Headquarters||Palazzo delle Congregazioni, Piazza Pio XII, Rome, Italy|
The Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (Latin: Dicasterium de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum) is the dicastery of the Roman Curia that handles most affairs relating to liturgical practices of the Latin Church as distinct from the Eastern Catholic Churches and also some technical matters relating to the sacraments.
Prior to June 2022, the dicastery was officially named the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (only the first word being different). This former name has often been shortened to Congregation for Divine Worship, further abbreviated as Divine Worship or CDW.
|Establishment of status quo||Years in effect||Dicasteries by competency|
|Pope||Decree||Sacraments||Liturgy||Canonizations of saints|
|Pope Sixtus V||Immensa Aeterni Dei||1588-1908||Sacred Congregation of Rites|
(Sacra Rituum Congregatio)
|Pope Pius X||Sapienti consilio||1908-1969||Sacred Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments
(Sacra Congregatio de Disciplina Sacramentorum)
|Sacred Congregation of Holy Rites|
(Sacra Congregatio sacrorum Rituum)
|Pope Paul VI||Sacra Rituum Congregatio||1969-1975||Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship
(Sacra Congregatio pro Cultu Divino)
|Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints|
(Sacra Congregatio pro Causis Sanctorum)
|Pope Paul VI||Constans nobis||1975-1984||Sacred Congregation for Sacraments and Divine Worship|
(Sacra Congregatio pro Sacramentis Divinoque Cultu,
later Sacra Congregatio pro Sacramentis et Cultu Divino)
|Pope John Paul II||Quoniam in celeri||1984-1989||Sacred Congregation for Sacraments
(Sacra Congregatio pro Sacramentis)
|Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship|
(Sacra Congregatio pro Cultu Divino)
|Pope John Paul II||Pastor bonus||1989-2022||Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
(Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum)
|Congregation for the Causes of Saints|
(Congregatio de Causis Sanctorum)
|Pope Francis||Praedicate evangelium||2022-present||Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
(Dicasterium de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum)
|Dicastery for the Causes of Saints|
(Dicasterium de Causis Sanctorum)
On 30 August 2011, Pope Benedict XVI transferred jurisdiction over unconsummated marriages and the nullification of ordinations to the Roman Rota to relieve the congregation of administrative burdens and allow it to focus on liturgy, its principal responsibility. In 2012, the congregation added an office devoted to liturgical architecture and music.
From 2001 to 2017, the congregation had primary authority over a nation's liturgical translations. On 9 September 2017, Pope Francis weakened the congregation's authority with his motu proprio titled Magnum principium, ensuring that, starting 1 October 2017, the nation's Conference of Bishops will manage local liturgical translations. On 22 October 2017, the Vatican released a letter that Pope Francis had sent to the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacrament, Cardinal Robert Sarah, clarifying that the Vatican and its departments would have limited authority to confirm liturgical translations recognized by a local Conference of Bishops, thus retracting a commentary which Sarah had published on 13 October 2017.
In March 2021, following Sarah's retirement, Pope Francis charged Claudio Maniago, leader of the Italian Episcopal Conference's liturgy programs, with undertaking a canonical visitation of the Congregation of Divine Worship in anticipation of the appointment of a new prefect. Francis then named Arthur Roche prefect on 27 May 2021.
|Prefect of the|
Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
|Member of||Roman Curia|
|Term length||Five years (renewable)|
|Constituting instrument||Pastor bonus(1988)|
|Precursor||Prefect of the S.C. for DivineWorship|
Prefect of the S.C. for Sacraments
|Inaugural holder||Eduardo Martínez Somalo|
|Formation||March 1, 1989(as prefecture of the Congregation with the same name)|
In 2001 the congregation established the Vox Clara Committee, composed of senior bishops from episcopal conferences throughout the English-speaking world. It advises the congregation on English-language liturgical texts and their distribution. It meets in Rome.
[C]onstituimus ut Sacra Congregatio pro Sacramentis et Cultu Divino in duas Congregationes dividatur, quarum altera pro Sacramentis, altera pro Cultu Divino nominetur.[We decree that the Sacred Congregation for Sacraments and Divine Worship is to be divided into two Congregations, one of which is "for Sacraments," the other "for Divine Worship."]