Thursday, October 04, 2007

Piero Marini: laudatio funebris...


The first time I ever entered the Vatican Basilica was on March 19, 1998 for the episcopal consecration of Mons. Piero Marini. Sad was I to see how common the liturgy was.
The first time I ever shared an afternoon with Cardinal Ratzinger was on March 20, 2004. He gave a lecture at the Pontfical Oriental Institute where he shared with us that he was first in the Vatican Basilica for Easter of 1962 back in the day with the splendor of the old papal liturgies.
Why did Piero Marini so get it wrong? The story in Rome is that his whole liturgical modus operandi was always just leges nullae (liturgical lawlessness). Even in Leviticus X the Lord Himself speaks to Aron the priest and says: "You are to distinguish between the holy and the common."

6 comments:

Henry Brown said...

Why are you critical of Marini? Another critic who fails to see, understand and realise that it was a successor of Peter, JPII whose MC he was for 20 years!! And JP made him a bishop and never removed him. This all adds up to the truth that the pope agreed with Marini in his liturgical role, supported it fully and that is that. The pope could have changed it, could have removed Marini, but did not. I wonder why. SO, let the criticism of this archbishop stop and move on. He will no doubt be created a cardinal in the next consistory and that will be a further stamp of approval from the Successor of Peter. Henry Brown

éric said...

I agree with you !

Anonymous said...

One feels befogged as to why these rites were changed in the first place. Seems like a non sequitur.

Dan M. said...

Ever see the photo on the internet of the topless girl Marini had doing the reading at the Papal Mass in Australia?

Anonymous said...

She was "topless" in Papua-New Guinea.

Anonymous said...

C'mon Henry Brown. I think there's a little naivety here. There are egos, personalities and people to offend, even in the Church. JPII was hardly a liturgist with the profound understanding of Ratzinger. Yes, he must have agreed with Marini to a large extent, but there is little doubt that Marini was the driver here and a disaster. He may very well be made a cardinal -and hopefully not a successor to Card Arinze at the CDW - but that's to save face. That's all.