Awesome! I don't think I've ever seen a pic of the caligae in action before. And the one of the good cardinal walking up that dismal staircase in full pontificals is just priceless.
They look like co-respondent shoes, with fawn slacks. Who is his valet? And he appears to be climbing the back stairs - though at least in buckled court shoes and watered silk.What is going on?
Re climbing the back stairs: I think I see an aspergill in his right hand; possibly blessing the building or an apartment or whatever?Pompous Ass
What is the "caligae" mentioned by Gregor?The woodwork on the "throne" is exquisite too!
"Caligae" & buskins are the shoes & the calf covers worn by a bishop when celebrating a solemn Pontifical Mass. In that picture you also get a peek (look closely) at the pontifical dalmatic and tunic under the chasuble. In the other pic, no doubt he's dedicating a school building.
"Pompous ass"?Shame on you.Cardinal McIntyre was one of the greatest prelates of the 20th Century American Church.He made Los Angeles the great archdiocese it was, and kept a firm hand on the tiller during the post Conciliar period. After retirement he lived the ten remaining years of his long life as a simple priest: hearing confessions and saying Mass as would the humblest of curates.His memory remains bright among those old enough to remember his sterling example.
Re Anonymous, Feb 8, 2010, 2:02 amI sign myself as "Pompous Ass". Why should I insult a prelate, about whom I have never heard anything and against whom I do not have any grudge? If anything, a prelate is to be admired, who has enough humour left to ascend the backstairs in full pontificalia.I am, sir, madam, or whatever, your obedient servantPompous Ass
Atcually, the caligae *are* the buskins, and they are not mere calf covers, but ceremonial stockings.
Sorry, Pompous ass.Delighted to learn that you are innocent as charged.
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