There is an interesting little article in the Italian Il Riformista about the three Vatican Monsignors Marini. There is a little pun here on the well-known Italian "Le Tre Marie".
Remember that Italians use terms like "Monsignor" a bit more liberally than English speakers and they refer to Pope’s also by their family names.
Here is my translation:
Trinum non semper perfectum est
The Marini Walz and the new consistory
by Paolo Rodari
The three Marinis are working like beavers these days in their respective offices in the Vatican. Marini I, or the ex papal Master of Ceremonies Msgr. Piero, just a little while ago in high style baptized his arrival as head of International Eucharistic Congresses. At the ribbon cutting on the day of his entrance in that rather small and modest office was (and these are the mysteries from the other side of the Tiber [NB: the Vatican is sometimes referred to as the "oltre Tevere"]) noone less than the Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone. A great enthronement, therefore, even though this new job isn’t very tough, at least on paper.
The Letter of Marini I
Indeed Marini I had already rightfully baptized his new post: with an unpublished initiative – namely, with a letter sent by internal mail to major superiors of dicasteries of the Roman Curia – he had explained all the successes he attained in these twenty years as head of papal ceremonies, twenty years as strenuous defender, in the liturgical sphere, of the faith in the "spirit" of Vatican II.
Marini II, the Successor
The passage from Marini I to Marini II was immediate. Both, in fact, that is Msgr. Piero and his successor as head of papal ceremonies, namely the Genovese Msgr. Guido, will meet next Sunday for a televised passing of the baton. Both with be at the Pope’s side (like a walk-on part next to the other two) on the occasion of the Eucharistic celebration to take place in the Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples. Two ceremonieri, that is, for only one Pope.
But it won’t be Sunday – and it’s still long to wait – the moment when Ratzinger will celebrate in public Mass with the old rite of St. Pius V. Marini II, however, is on alert but it seems that mainly for organizational reasons some weeks still have to go by before the great event.
The scratches of Marini III
In these days, moreover, Marini II, or rather Msgr. Mario, adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", has been gathering from dioceses around the world all the letters of protest from the faithful and priests about the lack of application of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
In this light, there is being drafted a note which looks to underscore the importance of papal instructions and the definition of some points to keep in mind for the correct celebration of the old rite, celebration that must be conceded to whomever desires it without the possibility of refusal.
Three Flunked Sees
The halls of Vatican offices ("nei sacri palazzi"), in anticipation of the apostolic visit to Naples, many are talking about the red hats that yesterday the Holy Father wanted to give to various prelates. Other than the exclusion of Msgr. Paolo Romeo (predicted in this column), there were noticed three cardinalatial sees that the Pontiff left out of his second consistory: Washington, Dublin and Warsaw.
Donald William Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, thought he had done it. Instead, probably on account of the high number of cardinals already present on the West Coast ["West Coast" – I wonder if the writer meant East Coast], and because the emeritus Cardinal of the same Washington, Theodore Edgar McCarrick, who is certainly maintaining high visibility remaining the only prelate in the capitol of the States present in the College of Cardinals, the thing didn’t go through. [The writer has forgotten Cardinal Baum, I think.]
The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, on the other hand, has passed some not so excellent months at the helm, in addition to his perhaps too harsh a personality, not very soft, which has made him unpopular among the local clergy.
As far as Warsaw is concerned, the missing biretta granted to Msgr. Kazimierz Nycz left a taste of victory for the Cardinal of Krakow, the ex secretary of Wojtyla, Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz.