Today the Vatican Information Service reports that the Holy Father has appointed consultants of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. It appears to be a sea change.

Newly appointed are Fr. Silvano Maria Maggiani, OSM of the Marianum and Sant’ Anselmo; Fr. Corrado Maggioni, SMM, office head in the CDW and member of the Academic Council of the Pontifical International Marian Academy; Fr. Giuseppe Midili, O Carm of the Liturgical Office of the diocese of Rome and Sant’ Anselmo; Msgr. Angelo Lameri of the Lateran Pontifical University; and Archimandrite Fr. Manuel Nin, OSB of the Pontifical Greek College.

The 5-year term of the previous members had expired, and not a one of them was retained. Among those departing are people associated with the “Reform of the Reform” such as  Fr. Paul Gunter, OSB, Msgr. Nicola Bux, and Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, all of whom spoke at the 2013 Sacra Liturgia conference in Rome. Bux is author of Benedict XVI’s Reform: The Liturgy between Innovation and Tradition (Ignatius Press, 2012). Lang is author of Turning Toward the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer (Ignatius Press, 2005), a book which argued for the eastward (away from the people) direction of the priest and was praised by Benedict XVI.
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