Monday, November 17, 2008

I know...

...that color-week is over, but this photo of Juan Cardinal Landázuri Ricketts (1913-1997) can hardly be called "colored". But, it shows us what a OFM-cappa looked like.


As archbishop of Lima/Peru (1955 - 1990) he was well-respected and one of the most prominent churchmen in South America. He was president of the Medellin Conference in 1968 and later either failed to clearly recognize the problems of liberation theology or considered them unimportant in view of what might be gained for the poor. Therefore his relations with the Vatican became a bit complicated under Pope John Paul II. During the 70's - in accordance with the Franciscan ideal and the demands of liberation theology - Landazuri-Ricketts moved out of his archiepiscopal palace into a little house in the workers area of Vitoria/Lima.

3 comments:

Gregor said...

What a great picture! I don't think I've seen such a clear picture of prelatial attire of a regular prelate before.

As I may have said before: bring back the distinct vesture of regular prelates NOW! This is one of the abolitions I cannot understand for the life of me.

Fr. Selvester said...

One small correction: this is what the cappa for ALL Franciscans looked like. Since the different branches of the Franciscan family wear different colors (OFM= dark brown; Capuchins= light brown (or now grey); TORs and Conventuals either black or grey; the prelatical dress for all Franciscan bishops used to be ashen grey with squirrel fur. This is because the actual robe worn by St. Francis is really a dingy grey color rather than brown.

hugh said...

where variatons of this alllowed? I have seen old pictures of Franciscan prelates in regular winter and summer cappa magnas and others with regular cappa magnas summer/ winter) but with his regular habit under the rochet instead of choir cassock.