On the Italian blog Palazzo Apostolico there is a piece by Paolo Rodari in which he say that the former papal MC, Archbp. Piero Marini states that Pope John Paul II wanted all the liturgical novelties which sprinkled his pontificate (and, in my opinion, not in a good way).
I don’t have time to translate this, but the core is this:
- Piero Marini was the next to continue the line of liturgical thought of Fr. Bugnini.
- Some say Marini imposed the liturgical hijinkx on a conservative Pope.
- Marini says, in a new book called “Io sono un Papa amabile. Giovanni Paolo II”, published by San Paolo and written with Bruno Cescon, that John Paul wanted those things and, “would have desired something more” to break out of the rigid Roman canons.
- Every voyage, a new liturgy.
And there is an awful anecdote about the Pope’s reaction to some liturgical dance.
I think Archbp. Marini is terrified that his liturgical world has been eclipsed and that the shadow that now blankets him is getting deeper. This is an apologia for, in my mind, the indefensible, and I just don’t but that the late Pope went along with everything Marini did. Some, yes. All, no. I don’t buy it.