Sunday, July 03, 2005

You Heard it Here First

Over time, I've gotten many disbelieving e.mails asking if it's really true that Archbishop Burke of St. Louis has been spotted wearing the cappa magna or if it was some kind of satire.....

Well, snowflakes, here's your proof -- tip to Don Jim, who was sent it by "a Benedictine reader" who took it on Christmas Eve last year, as the Archbishop entered the 11PM Carols Service at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis.

The one thing I loved about the cappa before the reforms (which shorted it from 15ft to 12ft) was how, between All Saints Day and Easter (i.e. ecclesiastical winter) the silken mozzetta at the top would be replaced by an ermine one -- a practical move which made for some of the most goregous portraiture you've ever seen... To be honest, I wouldn't mind seeing that restored. But enjoy the photo.

(And, BTW, Jim surmises that the guy next to Burke is a canon, because of the black mozz w/ violet piping. He's not -- it's Msgr. Pins, the rector of the St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica. By rescript, the black, violet piped mozz may be worn by the rector-primus of a diocese... John Close has one, as well.)

And, for the curious, Philly really pulled Live 8 off -- I came home and the city wasn't bombed out. That's our standard for success... More soon...



Blogger Perry Lorenzo said...

Now Rocco: I do wish we'd see more such fun and beauty in Seattle! What's wrong with a prelate of the Church dressing like a prelate of the Church? Some of us live in such grey, prosaic, lifeless, inartistic, dull, leaden, sodden, besotted, sooted, and swillish confines that we rejoice, nay, leap for rejoicing, at seeing such pagenatry unfold as a Prince of the Church enters upon the Kingdom. For in such a Kingdom, we are all a Royal Priesthood--so I for one am glad of it that at least one American dresses the part!

3/7/05 15:50  
Blogger IL Rettore said...

Rocco - It is my understanding that the use of the black mozzetta with red trim, red button holes and red buttons is conceded by law to Rectors of Minor Basilicas, not Rectors of Cathedrals. Since St. Louis Cathedral is also a Minor Basilica, the Rector has the privilige of the mozzetta. "Glamorellis makes wonderful ones!"

4/7/05 14:54  
Blogger Gyrovagus said...

In a New England Diocese whose Bishop's sense of his own importance was inversely proportional to the size of the said Diocese, his train-bearers were always two little black boys in knickers - and at the end of each Cathedral Mass they were each handed a silver dollar.

Damn that Second Vatican Council (not to mention the Civil Rights Act)!

6/7/05 07:43  
Blogger Disgusted in DC said...

I'm with Perry on this one.

6/7/05 11:07  

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