Sunday, December 14, 2008

Spellman Overload

Hello everybody. I wish you a good and peaceful Gaudete-Sunday!

I'll be taking my Christmas-break from next week on. I'll be back on January 7th or so. I might or might not post stuff in the meantime. It's likely that I wont, though, since I really need some time off.

However, I am looking forward to seeing you again in the new year.

Man, I cant believe Ken shut down "hallowed ground"! This was such a great blog. Now there's one provider of 'visual catholicism' less on the block. All the more work for me, Carolina, J.P. and the rest. I'll try and do my part to keep you happy, entertained and up to your earlobes in cappe magne.

Alright, since this is the last posting for three weeks or so, I'll open up the "Spellman"-drawer and post (or re-post - since some of the pics already appeared on the old blog) a vast number of my best Francis Cardinal Spellman photos.

Sitting in church

Somewhere in Rome

Under a canopy

Giving a speech

Ecce sacerdos magnus

In procession

During a funeral

In his archiepiscopal residence

Again, this time with autograph

With co-purpurados Guevara (Lima, center) and Vasconcelos-Motta (Sao Paolo, right). I love the guy between Spellman and Guevara. He looks like right out of a Don Martin cartoon.

With Clemente Cardinal Micara


With a bishop I cannot identify (readers?)

With Josef Cardinal Frings, archbishop of Cologne

Again with an unidentified bishop

And again...

... and again
[Update: A reader sent in this information: The bishop in this photo is Monseigneur Pierre-Marie Théas, bishop of Montauban 1940-1947, bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes 1947-1970.]

At a social gathering



Alright! That's it for 2008. Please come back next year (and bring family and friends)!

Have a blessed Christmas! (Wait... Am I still allowed to say 'Christmas' in public?)


Friday, December 12, 2008

Found this little gem on YouTube

Silvio Cardinal Oddi in Gricigliano

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


... should answer a couple of questions you might have about clerical hats.

[From Costume of Prelates of the Catholic Church According to Roman Etiquette, by the Rev. John A. Nainfa]

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


... but I am kind of busy these days. So I am just going to post a couple of (small) images of French prelates from waaaaaaaay back when to way back when.

Cardinal de Polignac

Cardinal du Cambout de Coislin

Bishop Pelacot of Troyes

Léon-Benoit-Charles Cardinal Thomas, bishop of La Rochelle, archbishop of Rouen

Bishop Dours of Versailles

Cardinal Bonald

Cardinal de Bernis

Antoine-Cleriadus Cardinal de Choiseul

Archbishop Antoine de Montazet of Lyon

Sunday, December 7, 2008

This just in...

Reader Carl from Belgium was kind enough to send me some photos of canons from that country with their distinct fur cape. Though almost extinct today, some chapters still wear this wicked habit on very special occasions, i.e. the canons of Namur.

I was planning on doing a post on Belgian canons sometimes anyway, and now is as good a time as any. The first four pics are Carl's (Thanks a lot!), the rest are from my collection:

First two historical portraits

This is a portrait of Monsignor de Baets

And here we have a canon named Nobels.

Here we see the chapter of Namur in choir dress.

Another historical portrait, this time of a canon from Ghent

Another canon from Ghent

And here we have the choir dress of the canons of Ghent in all his splendor.

Bring it back!

This canon of the cathedral chapter of Fribourg/Switzerland is proudly sporting his almuce. It's warm, fluffy and beautiful, so why don't we see it anymore? PETA-activists going bonkers? Well, that's just one more reason to promote the use of the almuce, isn't it?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Cesare Orsenigo (1873 - 1946)

He was the apostolic nuncio to Germany from 1930 to 1946. This makes him one of the very few international diplomats in Berlin who lived through the rise, madness and fall of the NS-regime. Historical judgment doesn't really treat him too kindly. During his years in Germany he was thought of as being too weak and timid to thoroughly look after the Vatican's interests. Konrad von Preysing, bishop of Berlin from 1935 to 1950, even wrote to the Vatican in 1943 asking for a new nuncio who'd whoop butt and take names. Too late, of course.

The brainless anti-catholic or anti-christian or anti-clerical or anti-religous crowd loves Orsenigo, because there is a famous photo in which you see him talking to Hitler. This, of course, is proof enough that the Catholic Church was, like, totally Nazi, dude!

The giant you see in this last photo is none other than Clemens August Graf von Galen, who would soon become bishop of Münster and cardinal.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Louis-Nazaire Cardinal Bégin (1840-1925)

He was Bishop of Chicoutimi/Canada from 1888 to 1892. He served as Archbishop of Quebec from 1898 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1914.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bishop Torres again

Reader Latinmass made a comment on the much disputed (bishop, yes or no?) portrait of Manuel Torres y Torres, bishop of Plasencia. He referred to a photo of said bishop in which he is standing next to a cardinal.

Here is the photo. The cardinal is Enrique Almaraz y Santos, archbishop of Seville from 1907 to 1920 and archbishop of Toledo from 1920 to 1922. As Latinmass pointed out, here you can see bishop Torres in proper bishop's robes.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Benedict XV

Maybe my memory just isn't what it used to be, but I don't think I have ever seen a picture of Pope Benedict XV with a camauro. This was taken from an online Spanish newspaper archive, which has proven to be quite useful in the past days.

This one pretty much everbody knows. Couldn't find the color version, sorry.

And one more of Giacomo Della Chiesa as Cardinal.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

More consistory splendor

Here are some more photos all dealing with the creation of new cardinals:

Quiroga Palacios

Quiroga Palacios

Browne, OP

Reig Casanova







Santos, Alfrink

Bacci, Rugambwa, Santos, Alfrink and then it gets kind of hard to tell...




Cerejeira, Pacelli, Lavitrano, Minoretti, Mac Rory, Verdier. You figure out the order...