Monday, October 1


The Marini is Gone, Long Live the Marini

I have been informed, at long last, that Papal Master of Ceremonies Piero Marini has been assigned to handle some pontifical commission Eucharistic Congresses, or something, I wasn't really paying attention, but the main import of all this is that he is being replaced as Master of Ceremonies with another Marini, the Rev. Don Guido Marini of Genoa, who, it seems, S.R.E. Cardinalis Bertone has brought in. (The rumor that the replacement was Guido Sarducci turns out to have been the result of clerical error.)

The upswing of all this will be, it seems, more chant and Mozart and less of the rather minimalist feel that has dominated papal liturgies during his tenure. (I don't think I can blame him for the vestments the Pope wore in Austria, as I don't know who picked them out. Perhaps the captain of the pontifical paintball team.)

In any case, we wish His Excellency Archbishop Marini all the best in his new position as president of...of... the papal commission something), which will no doubt take him far, far away from the Pope's side. Please. We'll even throw in a red Swingline stapler.

Holy Whapping Television Network (HWTN) will shamelessly exploit this change of circumstance with tonight's 8 PM premiere of the madcap, family-friendly sitcom Too Many Marinis!, the cornerstone of this season's new programming block. (This means Basilica Improvement with Tim Allen as Charles Borromeo and Richard Karn as Al Gonzaga will be moved to 9:30 on Tuesdays).

In the mean time, who is Guido Marini? I don't know, but this picture of him with Cardinal Bertone may give us some clues.

'Nuff said.

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