Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Marini Out, Marini In

The Holy Father has moved former Papal Master of Ceremonies, Archbishop Piero Marini, as President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses and has appointed Mons. Guido Marini, until then Chancellor of the Diocese of Genoa to replace him.

The liturgy certainly owes much to the contributions of Archbishop Marini, whose service greatly influenced the way Catholics view and celebrate their worship. Although not always well received by everyone in the Church, his emphasis on liturgical inculturation expanded the horizons of what we thought possible in the liturgy, to embrace and unite particular peoples' unique expressions of faith into the official act of worship of the Church Universal. The liturgies that he has prepared and directed allowed many of us to glimpse, not only the beauty of liturgical worship, but the vibrance, diversity and dynamism of the Body of Christ alive and active in all its members around the world.

We welcome also with great hope Mons. Guido Marini whose mileage of learning, plethora of gifts and bounty of experience will certainly contribute to the liturgical tradition of the Church. Prior to his appointment, he has served in his diocese not only as liturgist but also as a teacher of canon law and a formator of priests.