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This profile was last updated on 3/29/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Secretary of State
    The Vatican


  • degrees , canon law and in psychology
  • master of papal liturgical ceremonies
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Change only came with Guido ..., 29 Mar 2014 [cached]
Change only came with Guido Marini. If Pope Benedict was unhappy with his services he could have dispensed with them immediately.
Marini continued in his position about 2 years and half before Pope Benedict dismissed him as Master of Ceremony. It was on 2007 the same year that Pope Benedict provided his Summorum Pontificum. Does it ring a bell to you? Or you just skipped Marini's statements about the high risks of bringing back the Trident Rite or any change that would spoil Bugnini's masterpiece? Marini tried to explain Pope Benedict's wishes of reform as a matter of unity. But he failed.
"And it is thanks in large part to Marini that the masses of John Paul II took on their characteristic form. It is a form that is less Roman and more international. Gregorian chant and polyphony have been mostly removed, and their place in the papal rites has been given frequently to music, texts, and dances taken from Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
But in addition to being international, John Paul II's liturgies were typical television fare. Marini himself theorized - in a July 19, 2003 interview with "La Civiltà Cattolica" - that "the direction of the liturgy is obliged to harmonize itself with television direction."
So it is foreseeable that Marini will also leave the stage, and will be replaced by a pontifical master of ceremonies more in agreement with the current pope".
Marini was responsible for organizing liturgical events presided over by the pope, whether in Rome or on the road, and hence he got either the blame or the credit, depending upon one's point of view, when something pushed the envelope -- such as the exorcism in Mexico City, or the scantily clad Pacific islanders who danced for the pope in St. Peter's Basilica during the opening of the 1998 Synod for Oceania.
Marini is regarded as perhaps the leading advocate of progressive reform in Catholic liturgy, which has long made him a bane of the church's traditional wing. He believes deeply in the hallmarks of the reform movement: active participation by the faithful, decision-making by bishops' conferences and local churches rather than centralized Roman control, and "inculturation," allowing the rites of the church to reflect the idiom and traditions of local cultures. (That was the logic by which Marini approved the exorcism in Mexico City -- that this indigenous purification rite could be infused with a Christian significance.)
My Vatican friend's disapproval notwithstanding, Marini did not go.
Over those 20 years, Marini was more or less joined to the pope's hip whenever he appeared in public; the Italian state TV service RAI estimates that Marini's face has been seen by more people around the world than virtually any other living figure, even if the vast majority of those viewers have no idea who he is.
In October, Marini stepped down as Master of Ceremonies to become President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.
Guido Marini as his new Papal MC, he assigned Piero Marini to serve as President of Eucharistic Congresses.
The change came with Guido Marini.
The change came with Guido Marini.
Nobody who has read this book could say that Guido Marini brought the changes.
Weekly Bulletin; Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission [cached]
Bishop Guido Marini, Pope Benedict's Master of Ceremonies, said that there is no difference in the traditional Church before Vatican II (1962-1965) and after. He stated: "Terms like 'preconciliar' and 'postconciliar,' belong to an outdated language, and if they are used with the intention of indicating a discontinuity in the Church's journey, I maintain that they are mistaken and typical of highly reductive ideological views ."
TRADITIO Traditional Roman Catholic Network, including the Official Catholic Directory of Traditional Latin Masses, 1 Jan 2010 [cached]
Guido Marini
Papal Master of Ceremonies, Guido Marini, Preaching the Novus Ordo Marini Has Called for a Reinvigoration of the Modernist Principles of Vatican II
Guido Marini, called for a reinvigoration of the Modernistic principles of Vatican II (1962-1965) into the Novus Ordo Mess, in a "reform of the reform," but rejected the idea of throwing the invalid Protestant-Masonic-Pagan Novus Ordo service out completely.
Marini confirmed Benedict-Ratzinger's desire that the novel Modernistic principles of Vatican II "must be understood as being in continuity with the traditions of previous centuries. The Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo service are to be considered the same. "[We regard] both the present and the past liturgy of the Church as one patrimony in continuous development," Marini stated.
This principle of "continuous development" of the Sacred Liturgy, rather than a perfected Traditional Catholic Mass, is a principle of the Modernistic heresy held by Protestants and condemned by Catholic popes from Pius IX through even John XXIII. Marini condemned presbyters who "claim for themselves the right to change" the liturgy, but then hypocritically supported the Novus Ordo presbyters, led by Hannibal Bugnini, who completely changed to invalidity the Traditional Catholic Mass! [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Catholic News Service.]
Bishop Guido Marini holds ..., 13 Feb 2013 [cached]
Bishop Guido Marini holds Pope Benedict XVI's skull cap during the Ash Wednesday mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn period of 40 days of prayer and self-denial leading up to Easter. Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of faithful Wednesday that he was resigning for "the good of the church", an extraordinary scene of a pope explaining himself to his flock that unfolded in his first appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Bishop Guido Marini holds Pope Benedict XVI's skull cap during the Ash Wednesday mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn period of 40 days of prayer and self-denial leading up to Easter. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Guido Marini, 42, the master ..., 1 Oct 2007 [cached]
Guido Marini, 42, the master of ceremonies to the last four archbishops of Genoa, including Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the current Vatican secretary of state.He also had served as Cardinal Bertone's private secretary.Msgr.Marini, who holds degrees in canon law and in psychology, is not related to Archbishop Marini.
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