Saturday, October 31, 2009

Those Spanish Bishops...

No matter where I look, I always seem to end up finding great photos of Spanish Bishops and Cardinals.

Balbino Santos Olivera, Bishop of Malage from 1935 to 1946, Archbishop of Granada from 1946 to 1953

Félix Romero Mengibar, Bishop of Jaén from 1954 to 1970, archbishop of Valladolid from 1970 to 1974

Enrique Cardinal Almaraz y Santos, Archbishop of Seville from 1907 to 1920, Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain from 1920 to 1922

Cardinal Almaraz again

Joan Perelló i Pou, bishop of Vic from 1927 to 1955

Enrique Cardinal Pla y Deniel, Bishop of Avila from 1918 to 1935, Bishop of Salamanca from 1935 to 1941, archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain from 1941 to 1968.

Salvador Cardinal Casañas y Pagés, Bishop of Urgell and Co-Prince of Andorra from 1879 to 1901, Bishop of Barcelona from 1901 to 1908. An anarchist tried to stab Cardinal Casañas outside the Barcelona cathedral on Christmas day 1905. The attempt failed. Below you find a dramatic illustration from a French Magazin.

I hate anarchists. They are so vile and considering that they want a world without leaders and rulers they just come off as bigots if you see how often they try to assume to role of judge when it comes to other people's lives.

Isidro Cardinal Goma y Tomas, Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain from 1933 to 1940

Cardinal Goma again

Pedro Cardinal Segura y Sáenz, Bishop of Coria from 1920 to 1926, Archbishop of Burgos from 1926 to 27, Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain from 1927 to 1931, archbishop of Seville from 1937 to 1957. You notice the gap in the Cardinal's eccleiastical career. He waas sent into exil by the Republic in 1931. Why? Bacause of [** irony on **] 'freedom of speech' [** irony off **]. Segura had dared to denounce the church-burning, monastery-sacking, tomb-defiling Republic and cut the toppled monarchy some huge slack.

Gaetano Cicognani, Apostolic Nuncio to Spain from 1938 to 1953 (second from left) with a couple of other prelates.

Nuncio Cicognani again, here with Caridnal Pla y Deniel. This photo is a bit grainy, because it is from an online press-archive. So is the next:

This was shot at the Cistercian abbey of Poblet, so I guess the prelate on the right is the abbot.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

By the way:

It's not the cappa that makes the Prince of the Church.


I don't know who these people are and where the photo was taken (except for Italy), but I just like the way the bishop does not look at the camera and some people to the left are trying to get their mugs in.

Sorry for the watermark. I swiped this one from ebay.

Cappa eats Chair

Very impressive painting of Carlo Dalmazio Cardinal Minoretti, Archbishop of Genova from 1925 to 1938.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Edward Cardinal Mooney (1882-1958)

He was Bishop of Rochester from 1933 to 1937 and Archbishop of Detroit from 1937 to 1958. He was created Cardinal Priest of Santa Susanna in the consistory of 1946. He died from a heart-attack in Rome on October 25th 1958 only hours before the Conclave began.

The first three photos are from his installation as Archbishop of Detroit:

The new Archbishop

The Apostolic Delegate, Amleto Cicognani

The next three photos show Cardinal Mooney upon his return from Rome after being created a Cardinal:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Big Cape

Reader Jose sent in some photos that show yesterday's mega-cape of the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon. Bonus: There's also some canons in the mix:

Thanks, Jose!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

One more ring

For all you bling-afficionados, here is the episcopal ring of Elia Cardinal dalla Costa, Archbishop of Florence from 1931 to 1961.

What's that?

Sorry, this photo is microscopic. I don't know the who, where, when, what and why, but I know that this train that is being carried is a bit too long for a cassock-train. I also can't see a cappa, so what is going on here? Any ides, dear readers?

Bishop Thomas Lawrence Noa (1892-1977)

He was the eighth Bishop of Marquette from 1947 until 1968. He began Bishop Baraga's cause for canonization in 1952.

On the day of his installtion

With Pope John XXIII

Breaking ground for the Bishop Baraga gym

"I might not be the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, but it still takes at least two trainbearers to tame my cappa!"

Another photo...

... from the International Eucharistic Congress in Chicago, 1926.

We need our Catholic identity back. We need people who practice their faith inside and outside a church building. We need people who know what it means to be Catholic. We need people who know what it means to be part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. In an age where the most simple, unlearned but pious peasant woman sometimes seems to know more about her faith than an educated theologian (if not priest or even bishop), we need Catholic heroes, witnesses, martyrs. And we need them now. The only places in Europe where the faith seems not to be dying are traditional communities or monasteries with a history that goes way back. This is not enough. So I encourage you to pray. I will.

Friday, October 23, 2009

St. Philip Neri renouncing the cardinalate

Historical accuracy aside, you couldn't make someone renounce the cardinalate any more dramatic than that. First, have a bunch of gay-ish tailors from the Vatican harass an old pious guy who just wants to pray and be good with shining shoes, red silk stockings and a cardinals hat, then wrap the old guy in all the trappings which the title brings along (cappa included, hence the post), then subject him to the judgment of a handful of children, and if they don't recognize their "padre" anymore underneath all that silk and ermine, let him retreat to the back of the room - cappa dramatically swooshing behind - and say no to whatever Pope and Church have to offer, while piece by piece taking off the robes.

I love St. Philip Neri and if there's one occasion in Church history where renouncing of the cardinalate (which he did more than once) makes sense, it is with this humorous saint.

Another favorite...

... of some readers are episcopal rings, pectoral crosses and croziers or "Catholic bling". This stuff really isn't easy to find. I came across a little collection of episcopal jewelry when gathering information of bishop Stangl, who you've seen in the previous posts. The stuff he himself wore was more like "Uhm... thanks, but NO!"

However: his predecessors on the episcopal throne of Würzburg did have the occasional moment of taste. So here are some pictures.

Crozier, 1400s

Crozier, 1750s

Crozier, 1790

Pectoral Cross, 1700s

Pectoral Cross, 1725

Episcopal Ring, 1250. This is one of the oldes ones I've ever seen.

Episcopal ring, 1700s. Bit too baroque almost and you have to know that this really means something, coming from me.

Episcopal ring, 1800s

Episcopal Ring, 1865. This one was given to the then bishop of Würzburg, Georg Anton Stahl, for his silver bishop's jubilee.

Episcopal Ring, 1879. The quality is bad, but the ring has to be in here because it has an amethyst, which is my favorite stone.

Episcopal Ring, 1900s

Episcopal Ring, 1924. This one belonged to bishop Matthias Ehrenfried of whose installation you've seen a series of photos two weeks ago.

Episcopal Ring, 1957. This one belonged to bishop Stangl and it is by far the least offensive thing he wore when it comes to bling.