Monday, October 24, 2005

Lex Credendi est Lex Vestiti

There are no gems on this chasuble. Ditto for the mitre.

Grazie Dio, it's a Marini Special.

The Pope has taken on use of a very unique set of vestments which seem to be a special-order. Alongside the white (shown here at yesterday's Synod closing liturgy) he's also worn this style in red and another in lime green -- he used the latter to open the Synod. Each is a simple, ample-cut Gothic with an embroidered pattern, usually the Ratzingerian shell. As a departure from customary liturgical vesture, there is no orphrey (the central design down the front or along the shoulders which marks most celebrant's chasubles), a move seemingly undertaken to not distract attention from B16's face, and also to maintain a focus on the distinctive "Petrine Pallium" which this Pope has made his own.

And, of course, a homily snip
Dear and venerated Synodal Fathers, for three weeks we have lived together a climate of renewed Eucharistic fervour. Now I would like, with you and in the name of the entire episcopate, to send a fraternal greeting to the Bishops of the Church in China. We have felt the absence of their representatives with sharp sadness. Nonetheless I want to assure all the Chinese bishops that we are close in prayer to them, their priests and their faithful. The suffered journey of the communities entrusted to their pastoral care, is present in our heart: it will not remain without fruit because it is a participation in the Easter Mystery, for the glory of the Father. The deliberations of the Synod have allowed us to go deeper into salient aspects of this mystery given to the Church from the beginning. Contemplation of the Eucharist must urge all members of the Church, first and foremost priests, ministers of the Eucharist, to renew their faith commitment. The celibacy, received as a precious gift an sign of their undivided love for God and neighbour, is founded on the Eucharistic mystery. For lay people too, Eucharistic spirituality must be the interior motor of every activity and no dichotomy between faith and life in their mission of Christian animation of the world is allowed. As the Year of the Eucharist comes to an end, how not to thank God for so many gifts given to the Church in this time - And how not to take up again the invitation of the beloved Pope John Paul II to "start again from Christ"? Like the disciples of Emmaus who, heartened by the words of the Resurrected One and illuminated by his living presence recognised in the breaking of the bread, returned without lingering to Jerusalem where they became proclaimers of the resurrection of Christ, we too must take up our walk again, animated by the living desire to testify the mystery of this love which gives hope to the world.
Hmm. A reaffirmation of celibacy in the Pope's homily -- his first direct comments on the issue. You don't need me to remind you that Ratzi chooses his words with the utmost care.

PHOTOS:
AP/Pier Paolo Cito

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7 Comments:

Blogger RCEsq said...

Rocco, if you're seriously thinking about moving to Sodom on the Sea, you'll have to pay more attention to details of dress. The pope's latest chasubles have different embroideries: the lime jello green, crosses; the rouge, shells; and the white, bees. According to the French KTO commentators today, the white one was a gift from the postulators for one of the new saints, so it's not clear that Marini had a hand in it. And if he had, in my opinion, Ratzinger is being his usual humble self in wearing such ugly, unflattering garments. Just look at those miters -- ugh.

As for the homily, you're absolutely right that Benedict knows exactly what he's saying and why. He's turning his face resolutely to the East (note the words to the Chinese Catholics and the Gospel chant in Greek, as in JPII's funeral and B16's inaugural masses), and telling the West in no uncertain terms to pull up its spiritual socks: Latin for the mass, and "contemplation of the Eucharist must urge all members of the Church, first and foremost priests, ministers of the Eucharist, to renew their faith commitment. The celibacy, received as a precious gift an sign of their undivided love for God and neighbour, is founded on the Eucharistic mystery. For lay people too, Eucharistic spirituality must be the interior motor of every activity and no dichotomy between faith and life in their mission of Christian animation of the world is allowed." Given the last sentence, it doesn't take a clairvoyant to guess where he stands on "pro-choice" or "same-sex marriage" Catholic politicians. His distillation of the synod's propositions is going to a provocative one.

24/10/05 01:58  
Blogger Jeff said...

RCEsq:

"His distillation of the synod's propositions is going to a provocative one."

If he DOES one. I rather think he may just publish what the bishops have given him.

24/10/05 06:58  
Blogger Julie said...

I loved the line, "...and no dichotomy between faith and life in their mission of Christian animation of the world is ALLOWED."
For the readers on here constantly judging Rocco and anyone in the Church who shows tolerance and charity, B-16 is talkin' to YOU.
An affinity for pop culture and love for humanity is also known as being in the world but not of it. Or do you always choose to ignore the passages where Jesus dined with sinners?

24/10/05 09:05  
Blogger Gene O'Grady said...

I got a little lost in the translationese. Any chance of getting the original Latin or Italian or whatever?

And the stupid references to "Sodom on the Sea" are getting a bit wearing. I have not too much against the SF gay community, but there only one of very many diverse groups in the area -- try the Filipino congregattion at Saint Patrick's, the old Irish Church south of Market, or the flourishing Indian Catholic community in the San Jose diocese. Or are they not as much fun to mock?

24/10/05 09:59  
Blogger Fungulo said...

Wrong again, Rocco. There IS a Gem in the mitre. Same Gem is in the chasuble.

24/10/05 10:51  
Blogger Fungulo said...

Gene

The sin of Sodom was it lack of hospitality, as anyone who reads Genesis will know.

Just plain bad manners, really - sound familiar?!

24/10/05 10:53  
Blogger Pilgrim said...

I'm glad someone else said something about the miters. I keep waiting for Ben to ask, "Do you want fries with that?" Sorry...

24/10/05 21:40  

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