Monday, May 01, 2006

Does Mgr. Marini Know What He Is Talking About?

Maybe not.

Marini is (infamously) the Papal liturgist for a good part of the reign of JPII and currently under Benedict XVI. Many people (yours truly included) are of the opinion that the Mgr. will soon have another assignment, perhaps in Manchuria, or Iran.

In any case, here's an article which calls Marini out. Worth reading.


All of these observations, however, do not really strike at the heart of the matter opined by His Excellency Msgr. Marini. The good Msgr. makes several bold claims regarding the reformed liturgy. He is quoted as saying:

"The reform was a return to the authentic tradition of the church, which is the liturgy of the Fathers. This meant taking away all the duplications that found their way into the liturgy, the encrustations that were superimposed over the centuries. This was a work of cleaning, like the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel."

Msgr. Marini emphasized the patristic nature of the reform just a few lines earlier in the same article, but here he says explicitly that, according to his mind, the liturgy carries weight and is authentic principally because it relies on the authentic tradition of the church, which we know through the writings and compositions of the Fathers.

Unfortunately, Msgr. Marini failed to mention that this is a complete fabrication..

And 11 examples of Marini's silliness follow.


HT: Shouts in the Piazza

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