St Jean Viannay,.............................................................ora pro nobis!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Msgr, You Stay! (smiling!) But Holy Father, please let me go,..(squeeky voice)
Guido Marini, the Liturgist/Papal Master of Ceremonies who lately, has been the butt of many jokes and remarks. He was appointed by Pope Benedict in 2007 to succeed Piero Marini, whose ideas of Liturgical vestments sometimes came out of Star Trek episodes. Upon the election of Pope Francis,(and he not wearing the Papal mozzetta for the first blessing,) we all assumed Msgr Marini's days were numbered. That calendar on his wall, taken down as Pope Francis has confirmed everyone for now. (despite his prayers?) Clearly Pope Francis is a holy man, a man who is in love with Truth, has been issuing homilies warning of the ‘Evil one’ and has recently laid the smackdown on the liberal nuns in the States. (LCWR) He has also called for a true implementation of the Second Vatican Council, and remember all this has to be read contextually. What that means is (to paraphrase Fr ‘Z’) one needs to see all that Francis is doing. He cannot change doctrine! Ever! Evvver! He does, however have his own style, (which isn’t mine,..) and for that we need to bite our tongues and trust in the Holy Spirit. (Assuming the majority of my readership shares my Liturgical preference.)
Liturgically Pope Francis is a Jesuit. Very Jesuit. Very Verrrry Jesuit. An order of missionaries and educators founded by Ignatius of Loyola who have produced giants of the Faith, including many martyrs and founded many schools. Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ, an EWTN mainstay and apologetical powerhouse comes to mind, as does Fr Joseph Fessio SJ, or still the late great Fr John Hardon SJ. They have a formation of about ten years before ordination and where they are faithful to the Magisterium, they still produce solid men. They have though, in recent times produced some ‘not so solid men.’ Cardinal Bergoglio was the Jesuit, that went to war with Liberation Theology, and that according to Fr Fessio SJ, is the reason other Jesuits don’t like him. Nonetheless, with liturgy, the joke goes as follows,..’What is the definition of a good Jesuit liturgy???? (wait for it,…) One where no one gets hurt! (yuk yuk yuk yuk,..lolol!!!)
So about two weeks ago, it happened. Traditional Catholics held their breath, then let out a sigh of relief, as Pope Francis told the Italian Bishops that Summorum Pontificum is not to be touched and that Msgr Marini will stay on as the Papal MC. The Pope continued that he wishes to learn from Msgr Marini, and that in turn, Msgr Marini may also benefit from him. As well, the annual celebration of Summorum Pontificum will continue to take place at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
‘We must put the treasure of Tradition to good use!’ – Pope Francis