Saturday, October 27, 2007

Diplomacy With an Edge

From an interview of Mgr. Guido Marini, the new Papal Master of Ceremonies:

Q.) So it goes from one another: what do you say to Piero, your predecessor?

A) "I thank him from my heart. He gave so much to the Church, he served two Popes, and I find myself only at the beginning of my path."

That's the 'diplomatic' part.

Here's the 'edgy' part:

Q) Many have claimed that you were called because [you are] liturgically more traditionalist and sober than Archbishop Piero Marini. But what is your conception of the liturgy?

A) "[It is] as the Church wishes and teaches, not more and not less. I am not the kind of person who looks for inventions and oddities. I may even seem banal, but the liturgy is respect to the rules laid down by the Church, and I see no reason for which I should disobey it."

Q) It is said precisely that in Genoa, where you worked up to now, the liturgy was well cared for, sober and elegant, without bizarre adornments...

A) "But liturgy is naturally thus. I repeat: no one can act against the liturgical laws of the Church. The Mass is a gift, a grace, not a show. Therefore, no invention, but absolute respect for liturgical rules."

And now, a combination of both:

Q) In your opinion, have there been liturgical abuses recently?

A) "You know, the Church is large. But, as the Pontiff himself recognized in the accompanying letter to the Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum', there have been abuses and extravagant interpretations. What I can say is that certainly I will not be the author of any fabrication, I will limit myself to scrupulously apply the existing rules."

Shouldn't be too hard to notice the difference.

The other Marini? What was his name, again?

HT: Rorate Coeli


James Wigderson said...

Not a show? Then why are there clowns?

Brother James said...

Well, we'll see how he performs in this post before re-assigning him as head of the CDWDS (Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments)

Maybe he can do some remedial training for clergy here in America, say in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, or maybe even San Francisco.