As John Sonnen reports at his place, today is the birthday of of Pope Paul III, born in 1468.
That would make him, and other people born on leap year day, "Leaplings".
It is also the birth of the infamous Consilium.
At the beginning of its work the Consilium’s very existence was in question.
However, it was eventally settled.
In the book which has H.E. Piero Marini’s name on the cover (but which I think was ghost written for him), A Challenging Reform: Realizing the Vision of the Liturgical Renewal, there are interesting pages about the origins of the Consilium. Here is an excerpt:
The institution of the Consilium was finally "settled" with letters on February 29 and March 2. February 29 was the date on which the Secretariate of State sent a letter addressed to Cardinals Lercaro, Larraona, and Gregorio Pietro Agagianian, prefect of the Congregation de Propaganda Fide:
I have the the honor of communicating to Your Eminence, in keeping with the directives of Pope Paul VI, the responsibilities of the Consilium for the Carrying out of the Constitution on the Liturgy, of which Your Eminence is PResident. They are as follows:
a. to suggest the names of the persons charged with forming study groups for the revision of rites and liturgical books;
b. to oversee and coordinate the work of the study groups;
c. to prepare carefully an instruction explaining the practical application of the Motu Proprio Sacram Liturgiam and clearly outling the competence of the territorial ecclesiastical authorities, pending the reform of rites and liturgical books;
d. to apply, according to the letter and the spirit of the Council, the Constitution it approved, by responding to the proposals of the conferences of bishops and to questions that arise involving the correct application of the Constitution.
Appeals of decisions of the Consilium as well as the solution of particularly sensitive nd grave or completely new problems will be referred by the Consilium to the pope.
… [T]he February 29 letter did place the Consilium at the head of the reform. In fact, it was the Consilium’s legal charter and would later be reffered to often in times of controversy and conflict with the Congregation for Rites. Therefore it marked a most important step in the life of the Consilium. this letter sent to Cardinal Larcaro concerning the Consilium’s competencies also appointed him president.
Thus was born the Consilium, set up to carry out what the Council asked for regarding reform of the liturgy.
The Consilium by far outstripped its competency, but Pope Paul backed it, even to the point of stripping the Congregation for Rites of much of its power.
Part of the purpose of the members of the Consilium was precisely to diminish the Congregation, and the rest of the Curia, and used certain liturgical questions as their weapons. For example, the issue of the vernacular was as much about shifting power to conferences of bishops (whom the Consilium wanted to have final approval of translations) as it was about "active participation". More so, if you read between the lines in The Book With Marini’s Name On It. The same goes for the other huge points of war between the Consilium and the Curia, such as concelebration and Communion under both species.
If you can get a used copy of The Book With Marini’s Name On It, that would be best. Or get it from a library.
It is like reading a fascinating autopsy.