Liturgist: Pope aims to ‘propose’ practices

For the better part of five years, plenty of experts on Catholic liturgy have been waiting for the “real” agenda of Pope Benedict XVI, known as a traditionalist on matters of worship, to emerge from beneath a fa-ade of patience seemingly built on dropping hints rather than imposing sweeping new rules. Now, however, the pope’s own liturgist insists that the patient fa-ade is actually the agenda. One month ago, that papal liturgist, Msgr. Guido Marini, sparked wide debate with his public call for a “reform of the reform,” suggesting to some a desire to roll back the clock on liturgical reforms associated with the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). However, Marini insists that no such rollback is underway, and no dramatic new rules are in the works.