Thursday, May 24, 2007

Stone Cappae

Hugues-Robert-Jean-Charles Cardinal de la Tour d'Auvergne-Lauraquais

René-François Cardinal Régnier

Pierre Cardinal Giraud

Willem Marinus Cardinal van Rossum

Patrick Francis Cardinal Moran

John Henry Cardinal Newman

Monday, May 14, 2007

Just when I thought...

... that I saw all the photos of Cardinal Pell's Solemn Pontifical Vespers during WYD in Düsseldorf 2005 that possibly could be found on the net, Juventutem France has these gems to offer:

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Ecclesia militans

"Meep! Friar Tuck! Please help us! The secular-liberal-socialist-laicist-radicals are coming!"

"Yes, but they sure wont be leaving again!"

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Brazilian Cappa Magna

Bishop Rifan of the Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Maria Vianney in the Diocese of Campos, Brazil, treated the parishioners of the Administration's principal church, Nossa Senhora de Fátima to a special sight, when he entered the church in Cappa Magna on Palm Sunday.

Pretty much anything between "nice" and "glorious" comes to mind.

Those who want or need some more information can check these Wiki-articles on the Apostolic Administration and on Bishop Rifan.

Friday, May 11, 2007

What the...?

Captions, anyone?

Friday, May 04, 2007


From the archives of the North Country Catholic (Feb 14th 1965):

    - "I say thank God and thank Pope Paul VI," commented Richard Cardinal Cushing of reports that the long silk and ermine cardinals' robes may be done away with.

    "I certainly will be delighted that we won't have to wear it any more," he said.

    When and if word comes to get rid of his robe - known as the cappa magna - he will "give it to the nuns to cut up and use for dresses on cardinal dolls, like the one I gave Caroline Kennedy," Cardinal Chushing said.

    The cardinal said he has worn his robe only on rare occasions, mostly when dedicating a church "out in the country where people never saw a cardinal all dressed up."

    Every time he has worn the robe he remarked "it seemed as though it strectched out half a mile."
This is wrong in so many ways.

I mean, cutting up a cappa magna (I am still feeling the physical pain)? Use the rags for dresses on cardinal dolls? And give these dolls to even more future "protect the constitution, especially the right to make our own reproductive decisions"-smooth-talkers? Good call, Cush! Well, it's not solely his fault. I mean, can you name one pro-life Kennedy? Seems to run in the family. Still, maybe little Caroline would have been better off with a real Catholic education than a real cardinal doll.

And what's that "out in the country"-stuff about? Yeah, those hillbillies deserve a taste of Hollywood-Catholicism, but I don't think I can impress the hard-boiled townies with a couple of yards of watered silk. Nice attitude. But I guess for someone who refers to a cardinal in cappa magna as being "all dressed up", the whole question is one of person rather than of office.

Which brings me to the "stretched out half a mile"-part. I don't know much about Cardinal Cushing except for the Kennedy bit, so maybe I am being unjust now. But reading this short article I can't shake the feeling that he probably had a self-confidence in comparison to which the train of a cappa really seemed to be half a mile long. So at least he got that right.

P.S.: Cardinal Cushing was once asked: 'Are you conservative or liberal?' To which he replied: 'In things I don't know about I'm conservative. In things I know about I'm liberal.' I know, this probably was supposed to be witty. But if you let the answer melt on your tongue for a while the taste of horror slowly unfolds.