Tuesday, July 1, 2014

IS RECENT PAPAL HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF???????????

Pope Francis will pay homage to the first pope to retire, St. Celestine, during a visit to St. Celestine's hometown on Saturday July 5. Pope Benedict also honored him by visiting there too.

When Pope Benedict visited St. Celestine, the first pope to retire, the Holy Father left on his glass casket the pallium he was given at his installation, the ungainly one.

Here are pictures of that historic event which, now in hindsight, was a symbolic gesture of Pope Benedict that he would follow St. Celestine's tradition of retiring from the papacy:

We know that on Sunday, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul and the imposition of the pallia on the new archbishops that Pope Francis returned to the use of the more recent tradition of wearing the same pallium that other metropolitans throughout the world wear, jettisoning the pallium that Pope Benedict wore after he jettisoned the one that was given to him.

Will Pope Francis on Saturday place his old pallium on the glass casket of St. Celestine and will this gesture indicate that he will follow soon Pope Benedict's tradition borrowed from Pope Saint Celestine?

In this photo one sees the three different style of papal pallium, the first and longest running one the one Pope St. John Paul II is wearing; the second the revised one imposed upon Pope Benedict at his inauguration, which he later gave to Pope St. Celestine; and the third the one Pope Benedict wore and the same style imposed upon Pope Francis at his inauguration, which he has subsequently given up to return to Pope St. John Paul II's style.

12 comments:

FJH 3rd said...

One pallium. Two pallia.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

give me a chance, I was still in the process of posting this post and revising it when yours came it FJH3rd! I think it is fixed.

FrVKnight said...

We'll have to wait and see what happens on Saturday if Pope Francis is going to place his old pallia on the casket! It will be exciting to see what happens during his visit!

Joe Potillor said...

Well, I must say of the Pallia I actually did not mind the 1st Marini I Pallium. It looked very Eastern. I do believe the Pope should vest distinctly to his office, so I would not mind if he used the the 1st JPII Pallium with red crosses instead.

I think one of two situations will happen:

1) He'll retire before the end of the year
2) He'll die a martyr next

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I had gotten use to the one Pope Benedict chose to wear and do like the red crosses. However, I think the one that Pope Francis has chosen to use now as of this past Sunday fits better around the shoulders and red crosses would have been nice for the pope as the Successor of St. Peter and martyr. I think Pope Francis is trying to emphasize that the pope if first and foremost the Bishop of Rome (actually archbishop) and that he is the first among equals and this appeals to the Eastern Orthodox. He wants to look like all the other metropolitans in vesture, but I sure hope he doesn't dump the white cassock for something ungodly.

Anonymous said...

The pope isn't the "first among equals". Never in the 2000 history of the Church has the pope ever been thought of or referred to as that. He is the Vicar of Christ on Earth, only him, nobody else. He alone has supreme power which cannot be questioned by anyone. You really need to be precise Father, this is right up there with "minor" mortal sins.

Gene said...

Fr. is first among equals when it comes to the discernment of minor mortal sins….BTW, when I see Kate Beckinsale in a movie and begin to pant and scrape the ground, is that a minor mortal sin?

Richard M. Sawicki said...

I was actually shocked out of my gourd when I read the negative comments made by the "Abbe Zed" with regard to the first pallium worn by Benedict XVI. He referred to it as "archeologizing" and probably "a creation of Piero Marini".

If so, I'd say it shows that Marini the 1st got some things right! I thought it was splendid (if a bit unwieldy) and made Benedict look like he'd stepped down from a portrait of a 1st millennium pope. Also, it was said that many Eastern hierarchs thought it was a splendid symbol of continuity with the patristic age.

Well, it's not an issue of faith and morals, just personal preference, I guess.

Gaudete in Domino Semper!

rcg said...

Not anymore, Gene. She's pushing forty.

Gene said...

RCG, she can push forty around my house any time she likes. LOL!

Cameron said...

I hated the first Benedict pallium for the simple fact that it looked floppy, sloppy, and would have looked atrocious with a Roman chasuble.

Joe Potillor said...

Pope Francis will need to balance out his Eastern understanding of the Papacy with the Western Theology. The intermixing of theologies has caused much damage to the western church especially in the Liturgy.