Thursday, April 4, 2013

Instead of Guido Marini, Again a New (Old) Master of Ceremonies? -- Piero Marini in Audience with Pope Francis

(Vatican) Will Piero Marini soon be in charge of the Papal liturgies? The Papal Master of Ceremonies Monsignor Guido Marini, put into practice the Liturgical renewal of Pope Benedict XVI., is to be again replaced by Monsignor Piero Marini and thus his predecessor, will again be his successor? These questions were posed today by the church historian and Catholic blogger Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña. "If that should happen, the pope would clearly express what liturgical taste is. The exact opposite of Benedict XVI." said de la Cigoña.

The Pope has every right to appoint a new master of ceremonies, or to resume the one he has. The Archbishop Piero Marini, the pope was received today by Francis in an audience, “must mean nothing, but it can mean a lot," said de la Cigoña.

Archbishop Piero Marini was master of ceremonies under Pope John Paul II, Benedict XVI. replaced him in 2007 by Monsignor Guido Marini. Despite the similarity of names the two represent entirely different Marinis of liturgical sensibilities. The reigning master of ceremonies Guido Marini comes from the Genoese school of Cardinal Siri.

Should Piero Marini be brought back, "we know exactly what liturgy appeals to the Pope and what does not. Some idea we have already,” said the Spanish church historian.

The official daily newsletter of the Vatican Press Office on 4 April under "Audiences" reported:
The Holy Father Francis has received in audience this morning:

His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

The Pope receives in audience this morning:

His Eminence Cardinal James Michael Harvey, Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

Link to Katholisches...


Geremia said...

Considering what Pope Pius XI said in Quas Primas instituting the Feast of Christ the King, getting rid of Msgr. Guido Marini would have disastrous catechetical and spiritual consequences, for
people are instructed in the truths of faith, and brought to appreciate the inner joys of religion far more effectually by the…celebration of our sacred mysteries than by any official pronouncement of the teaching of the Church. Such pronouncements usually reach only a few and the more learned among the faithful; feasts reach them all; the former speak but once, the latter speak…forever. The church's teaching affects the mind primarily; her feasts affect both mind and heart, and have a salutary effect upon the whole of man's nature. Man is composed of body and soul, and he needs these external festivities so that the sacred rites, in all their beauty and variety, may stimulate him to drink more deeply of the fountain of God's teaching, that he may make it a part of himself, and use it with profit for his spiritual life.

Trent Session XXII's "Canon VII.—If any one saith, that the ceremonies, vestments, and outward signs, which the Catholic Church makes use of in the celebration of masses, are incentives to impiety, rather than offices of piety: let him be anathema."—seems to contradict Sacrosanctum Concilium §34 that "The rites should be distinguished by a noble simplicity," viz., minimalism, because "sumptuous display" (§124) is to be avoided. What is spiritually profitable is to be avoided?

Aged parent said...

Well said. And that was very probably the main goal of the liturgical iconoclasts of the swinging 1960s, to implement precisely a kind of liturgy that does not teach,or nourish, or inspire.

Anonymous said...

It's a one way road to Unitarianism. At what milepost is the Church today?

Anonymous said...

This really scares us immensely; as converts, we were utterly dismayed and schocked to witness the surprisingly low quality of the music in S:t Peter's before pope Benedict XVI.
If it would swing back to what it was before, the church will continue to loose members of the faithful.
Nobody can be attracted or persuaded by bad music in the liturgy; the world is filled with pop noise and all sorts of banality. Why, why, would the glorious catholic church wish to take part in supporting and spreading this?
We pray that pope Francis will continue in the footsteps of Benedict XVI. After all, Benedict's great knowledge of music is widely recognized and admired.

Anonymous said...

Chris Ducker is another passionate blogger.


And how do you feel about it now? Love the liturgy now? Mons Marini swings a mean

Thurible. He is a brilliant liturgist snd a very holy priest. A special man.