This actually is the tiara of Pope Benedict XVI and please note his coat of arms!
Below these comments is an actual history of the Tiara and why it has not been worn since Pope Paul VI used it at his coronation. I've suggested that the Holy Father return to wearing it when appropriate or at least designating appropriate times for it since we are in a critical battle to assure the Gospel is not suppressed by civil, temporal authority as is now being experienced in the USA through unbridled appropriation in our politics and government of the dictatorship of godless secularism.
While the bishops of the world have opened the door to the diminishment of their religious and temporal authority through the sex abuse scandal, make no mistake, the liberal mass media and their liberal politics in this country and elsewhere have exploited it not out of complete concern for victims but to crucify the Catholic Church and her leaders and to undercut their legitimate religious authority over Catholics. Why? Because we are probably the last institution on earth that upholds natural law and thus divine law. Natural law and our moral beliefs stands in the way of the liberal political and media establishment to secularized the world totally, especially in the areas of abortion, stem cell research, birth control, same sex marriage and the role of women and even to the point of neutralizing the differences of gender and allowing for gender selection or no gender as natural and as normal as distinct genders.
The bishops of our country and of the world should have acknowledged their role in mismanaging priests and allowing them access to children even after it was proven they were abusers. But in this scandal they should have also stood up to the Boston Globe, the epitome of liberal, godless secularism and told the liberal media press to back off. They need to reassert their authority. The bishops are fully in their right to use the political system and the court system to protect the wider interests of the Church when lawyer, the media and others are trying to bankrupt the Church for personal gains the political motives I've stated above.
Have you noticed the liberal media's outrage and biased reporting on the Komen decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood and how grateful they are to Mayor Bloomberg for giving Planned Parenthood over $300,000 to offset the loss? Hell has no fury than the liberal media and liberal politics fighting the Catholic Church on natural law and thus divine law. The influence of Satan is tremendous in this regard. And when a secular organization like Komen for the cure stops funding an organization that provides abortions, the pressure put upon them to reverse their decision is so vehement and vicious that guess what, they reverse their decision! Cowardice on the part of Susan G. Komen for the cure--they caved in!
Holy Father, wear your Tiara!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The papal tiara originated from a conical Phrygian cap or frigium. Shaped like a candle-extinguisher, the papal tiara and the episcopal mitre were identical in their early forms.
Names used for the papal tiara in the 8th and 9th centuries include camelaucum, pileus, phrygium and pileum phrygium.
A circlet of linen or cloth of gold at the base of the tiara developed into a metal crown, which by about 1300 became two crowns. The first of these appeared at the base of the traditional white papal headgear in the 9th century. When the popes assumed temporal power in the Papal States, the base crown became decorated with jewels to resemble the crowns of princes. The second crown is said to have been added by Pope Innocent III (1294-1303) as signifying both his spiritual and temporal power, since he declared that God had set him over kings and kingdoms. However, a fresco in the Chapel of Saint Sylvester (consecrated in 1247) in the church of the Santi Quattro Coronati in Rome seems to represent the Pope wearing a tiara with two bands and with lappets. The triple tiara is attributed to [[Pope Benedict XI] (1303-1304) or Pope Clement V (1305-1314), and one such tiara was listed in an inventory of the papal treasury in 1316 (see "Tiara of Saint Sylvester", below). The first years of the 16th century saw the addition of a little globe and cross to top the tiara.
Mosaic depicting Pope Clement VIII wearing a triple tiara.
Triple tiaras were worn by the popes of Rome from Pope Clement V, at the time when they lived at Avignon, to Pope Paul VI, who was crowned with one in 1963. Pope Paul VI abandoned the use of his own tiara after the Second Vatican Council, symbolically laying it on the altar of St. Peter's Basilica, and donating its value to the poor. However, his 1975 Apostolic Constitution Romano Pontifici Eligendo on the manner of electing the Pope, still envisaged that his successors would be crowned.
His immediate successor, Pope John Paul I, decided against a coronation, replacing it with a generic "Inauguration of the Supreme Pontificate". After John Paul I's sudden death, Pope John Paul II told the congregation at the solemn inauguration of his pontificate:
“ The last Pope to be crowned was Paul VI in 1963, but after the solemn coronation ceremony he never used the tiara again and left his Successors free to decide in this regard. Pope John Paul I, whose memory is so vivid in our hearts, did not wish to have the tiara; nor does his Successor wish it today. This is not the time to return to a ceremony and an object considered, wrongly, to be a symbol of the temporal power of the Popes. Our time calls us, urges us, obliges us to gaze on the Lord and immerse ourselves in humble and devout meditation on the mystery of the supreme power of Christ himself. ”
Though not currently worn as part of papal regalia, the continuing symbolism of the papal tiara is reflected in its use on the coats of arms of the Holy See and the flag of Vatican City. Until the reign of Benedict XVI the tiara was also the ornament surmounting a Pope's personal coat of arms, as a tasseled hat (under which a 1969 Instruction of the Holy See forbade the placing of a mitre, a second hat) surmounted those of other prelates. In a break with tradition, Pope Benedict XVI's personal coat of arms has replaced the tiara with a mitre. This particular mitre contains three levels reminiscent of the three tiers on the papal tiara. However, in the coat of arms of the Holy See and of the Vatican City State the triple tiara is kept. See also Tiara of Benedict XVI (2011). Presented to Benedict XVI on 25th May 2011 by a group of Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians.