Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Background of Changes in Papal Liturgies

Fr Seán Finnegan recently had a visit by the Heralds of the Gospel.

Among other things, they had some interesting bits of background information regarding the changes in the papal liturgies which we have witnessed recently and can still expect:

They told me that the rector of their church in Trastevere, Rome, one Mgr Angelo di Pasquale, a man who served under all the Popes since Pius XII at various liturgical functions, is much in demand at the Vatican for his memories of how papal ceremonies ought to be performed. We have all suspected that there was a clear agenda of restoration afoot; apparently there is a group of clerics who are officially but quietly planning and carefully steering it; there is a lot more to come! Others known to be involved closely in this group are Mgr Paccanelli, the Ceremoniere of St Mary Major, a Fr Sciacca, a senior official in the Roman Angelicum University and, of course, Mgr Georg Gänswein, the Holy Father's secretary.

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