Job's question was whether any complaints about parish closings and the RDL would even get a serious hearing if His Eminence, Metropolitan Basil is a member of the Oriental Congregation. He and many of his brethren have been hoping for Roman intervention in their sui juris Church over the devastation of parishes going on in some places and the RDL which seems to be a big issue for them. Would you place a bet that any complaints would simply be given to His Eminence because they were in his backyard?
Again, I think these appointments are quite natural and normal. Of course there will always be the danger of a conflict of interest. (What happens if someone wants to complain about His Beatitude Patriarch Gregory III or His Beatitude Lubomyr? After all they are quite naturally members of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.) I haven't studied Pastor Bonus
to see if there are any regulations regarding recusal. Does anyone know if there are rules about conflict of interest, either generally in the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, the Code of Canon Law or Pastor Bonus
Regarding the specific problems mentioned:
1. Frankly I don't think the Congregation for Eastern Churches will be concerned with parish closings. Really that is within the scope of the ordinary authority of each eparchial bishop.
2. As for the Revised Divine Liturgy (RDL), I don't feel competent to comment, as I haven't studied the issue. What competence does the Congregation for the Eastern Churches have regarding the liturgy of the Eastern Catholic Churches sui iuris
? Does it approve or review them in some way?