Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The End of An Era?

Is Archbishop Marini really leaving his post at Papal Master of Ceremonies/Director of Liturgy?

According to Msgr. Michael Schmitz, Provincial Superior for the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, the answer is "yes". Envoy Magazine is reporting that the unofficial announcement was made February 19th by Msgr. Schmitz during an hour long talk on the renewal of the Sacred Liturgy in McLean, Virginia

Another notable newsworthy item that Msgr. Schmitz delivered at his February 19, hour-long presentation during the question-and-answer period was that Archbishop Piero Marini, whom many had speculated would have been removed long ago, has finally accepted another assignment.

“The Pope is before all else, a gentlemen,” Msgr. Schmitz said, clarifying for many Catholics in the room why this particular step has taken as long as it has. Vaticanists have expected this move ever since the beginning of Pope Benedict’s pontificate. Msgr. Schmitz did not give any details as to the nature of Archbishop Marini’s new assignment.

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