In a highly anticipated move Monsignor Guido Marini will replace Archbishop Piero Marini as the pope’s Master of Ceremonies.
John Allen Jr. in an informative posts titled Vatican’s top liturgical liberal steps down describes the history of Piero Marini’s performance of Master of Ceremonies since 1987. Now I won’t pig pile (too much) on Piero Marini tour as MC, but it will be nice to see one excuse go down the drain when people use papal Masses as an excuse for their own experimentation and especially liturgical dance. A change has long been predicted ever since Pope Benedict became pope, but you got to wonder if the change had anything to do with those multicolor vestments used in Loretto?
Any reason to believe that Marini II is going to be any better?
Fr. Philip, OP
Short answer: yes. It’s not like he’s an evil twin brother or something.
Or maybe the ugly tie-die vestments in Austria?
I don’t know. This sounds even worse than having him organizing the Papal Masses:
Finally, sources said, Benedict at one point raised the idea with Marini of eventually taking the helm at the Congregation for Divine Worship after its current prefect, Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, steps down. Arinze turns 75 on Nov. 1. It�s not yet clear whether today�s appointment precludes that possibility.
Saints preserve us!
I don’t think Archbishop Piero Marini could have been doing anything the reigning Pope didn’t approve of more than once. We have to face the fact that the lousy Papal liturgies we have indured have something to do with the Pope.