Marini, the pupil of Annibale Bugnini defends homosexual unions and states: "The Church lives in hope after years of fear. Pope Francisco talks about only positive things. "
Don Piero Marini joins other exponents of the Catholic hierarchy, including cardinals , since the resignation of Benedict XVI have opined favorably to the legal recognition of homosexual unions. The pupil of Annibale Bugnini and master of ceremonies John Paul II resurfaces again after the election of Francisco .
By La Nación | Translation: Fratres in Unum.com - This week, the Catholic Church of Costa Rica celebrates the Fourth Eucharistic Congress, whose purpose is to strengthen, with faith and reflection, the mission of priests to carry the message to the faithful. The activity will end tomorrow at 10 am, with a Mass at Estadio Fello Meza, of Carthage, which will be chaired by the delegate of the Vatican Eucharistic Congresses.
His home is the Vatican and his words narrate the life of a man who walked the halls of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, alongside popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and the newly elected Francisco.
Monsignor Piero Marini is 70. He is visiting Costa Rica during the Eucharistic Congress and he states that the new Pope changes brought hope to the Catholic Church.
Archbishop Marini is in favor of the secular state approves gay civil unions and doesn't believe that Twitter is a good option for communication between the Pope and the faithful.
For you, how do you see the new Pope?
A Breath of fresh air, an open window in the spring and hope. Until now we have breathed swampwater marsh air that stinks. We were in a church fearful of everything and with the problematic situation of Vatileaks (leaked documents from the Vatican City) and pedophilia. Pope Francisco talks about only positive things, he puts forward the positive and speaks maintains hope.
Could you describe the environment that currently is in the Vatican?
In these early days of his pontificate there is a different air of freedom, a church closer to the poor and less problematic. He (Francis) does not like to live among the great paintings and gold.
With these humble gestures, it is a call to vows of poverty of the priests?
The call is to ask ourselves: who are the poor today? Are they those who do not know if tomorrow they will eat. We priests should give an example of a moderate simple life.
Does this mean that the priests of the temple go without and share with the needy?
Without a doubt. Therefore, the new Pope has called for us to have the smell of the sheep, or live life and faith with the community.
In your 18 years as master of liturgical ceremonies of John Paul II, what did you learn being next to a man who was so admired?
I Learned from his simplicity. He was a very simple, spontaneous, with great ideas to share with people, of talking to the faithful after Mass. He had worked in a mine and therefore knew the reality and needs of people.
Is there something he said, a phrase or reminder that you have in memory with a special affection of John Paul II?
I remember we were in a youth conferences in the Philippines, when John Paul II celebrated my first birthday after 52 years. Never before had blown out the candles on a cake, and we met several people who gave me good wishes. He was very kind of good humor and spontaneous.
How do you get young people to integrate more the Church?
It is a major problem and a challenge for the Catholic Church. We have a break in step witness of faith from one generation to another. You must retrieve this message and there needs to be communication with the family, that the children obey their parents.
Pope Benedict XVI used Twitter as a communication medium, do you believe that was effective?
For my part, I do not use Twitter, however, the pope was advised about it. The Church does not have to be an old-fashioned, but you need a little care.
In Costa Rica opened the discussion about the secular state, which opinion deserves this kind of decision?
This is already a reality in Europe. Okay the state be secular, the problem is if it becomes a secular state, ie, if it is against the Catholic Church. Both should not see each other as enemies. In these discussions, it is necessary, for example, recognize the union of same sex, because there are many couples who suffer because their civil rights are not recognized, which can not recognize is that this couple constitutes a marriage.