Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Something new but old in the Papal Crest

Here is the text of what was said in the video.  From Rome Reports


October 12, 2010. The papal crest that hangs from Benedict XVI window is sporting a new design this week. That was before and this is now. We still don't know if the changes are definitive or if it's just one version of the papal coat of arms.

The exterior is inspired by Pope Barberini's crest, which is found on the canopy or baldacchino of Saint Peter's main altar.

The main difference compared to the prior is the comeback of the papal triple crown, which highlights governmental function of the Pope. [Huh?!  Is that just it?  Or does the tiara mean his UNIVERSAL SOVEREIGN POWERS TO GOVERN THE CHURCH?  That term "governmental function" would send shivers down the spine of anti-hierarchical modernists.  Right MST?]

A symbol present in all the papal crests of the last century, including that of Pope John Paul the second.

No longer visible in this version is the bishop's miter that represents the brotherhood between all bishops and the mission to teach Christians. [See the play there?  The tiara is more "governmental" while the miter shows more "brotherhood" and "teaching" function?  So...some of our Eastern Catholic eparchs and separated Orthodox eparch brethren who use a crown like looking miter is more...should we say...kingly...governmental...not pastoral?  Is an MST alum in Rome Reports now?]

Since they're compatible, [What is compatible?  This is giving me migraines.] which one he decides to use will probably depend on the type of ceremony. [Huh?  So the tiara on the crest is for the less formal, non-liturgical functions that the Pope presides and the miter on the crest is for liturgical and more formal ones.  Am I missing something here or has the world gone mad that a heavily bejeweled tiara will appear in the papal crest is for less formal occasions and a less bejeweled miter is for more formal occasions?]


1 comment:

  1. The papal tiara here is reminiscent of the mitres worn by Eastern bishops, which are based on the Emperor's crown in Byzantium. The mitres signify the authority of the bishop but since the mitre is topped by a cross, this bishop's authority comes from Christ.

    I found it puzzling why Benedict XVI dispensed with the tiara in his coat of arms. While it is unlikely that the Pope will wear the tiara, (he was never crowned and the imposition of the pallium (the yoke of Christ) is more appropriate to signify the papal ministry), it signifies historical continuity.