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Benedict XVI says pallium is sign of tie to heaven and earth, Christ and pope

By on Friday, 29 June 2012

Pope Benedict XVI presents a pallium to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI presents a pallium to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore (Photo: CNS)

After placing a woollen band around the shoulders of 44 new archbishops as they knelt before him, Pope Benedict XVI told them it was a reminder of their ties to heaven and earth and of their loyalty to Christ and the successor of Peter.

“You have been constituted in and for the great mystery of communion that is the Church, the spiritual edifice built upon Christ as the cornerstone, while in its earthly and historical dimension, it is built on the rock of Peter,” the Pope said during his homily on the feast of Ss Peter and Paul.

However, he added, the “Church is not a community of the perfect, but a community of sinners, obliged to recognise their need for God’s love, their need to be purified through the cross of Jesus Christ”.

Before celebrating Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict gave the archbishops from 23 countries the woollen pallium as a sign of their sharing with him authority over the faithful in their archdioceses.

The pallium is presented every year to new archbishops or those who have been assigned to a new archdiocese.

The archbishops included Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver and Archbishop William Skurla, who leads the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

Among the others were four prelates from Canada, including Archbishop Christian Lepine of Montreal, and two from Australia, including Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane.

Two new archbishops were unable to attend the ceremony and received their palliums at home, making the final count 46 new archbishops from 24 countries, including South Korea, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica began with a fanfare of trumpets and “Tu es Petrus” sung by the Sistine Chapel Choir and the world-renowned Westminster Abbey choir.

The Pope invited the Anglican choir to sing with the papal choir, bringing two distinctive choral styles together at an event reaffirming papal authority and Catholic bishops’ unity with him.

Anglican Fr John Hall, the dean of Westminster, said he hoped the historic visit would help the Church and the Anglican Communion progress along the “long and tortuous path toward full and visible unity”.

Also present at the Mass was a delegation sent by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.

The pallium ceremony saw a small but significant change this year, since it came before the start of Mass, so as to avoid interrupting the flow of the Mass or seeming to suggest that the bestowal of the pallium has the status of a sacrament.

In his homily, the Pope said Ss Peter and Paul represent a “new brotherhood” in which differences can be harmonised in unity with love for Christ. That unity extends not just among Catholics, but all believers in Christ as they pursue full communion, he said.

“Together we are all cooperators of the truth, which as we know is one and symphonic, and requires from each of us and from our communities a constant commitment to conversion to the one Lord in the grace of the one Spirit,” he told the archbishops.

Speaking to the American Catholic News Service, the US archbishops reflected on the deeper meaning of the ceremony.

Archbishop Chaput said because the pallium was a symbol of the relationship between the bishop and the pope, every time he puts it on, “I pray for the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and I also pray for the Holy Father and his associates as they serve the universal Church”.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is facing a multimillion dollar debt and recent trials of priests on charges related to sex abuse, he said, so “there’s a lot of tension in our local Church, and as the archbishop I’m carrying that tension”.

Pope Benedict “actually confirmed me, in faith and also in my work as archbishop, when he placed the pallium on my shoulders today,” Archbishop Chaput said. “So it means a lot in this difficult moment in our local Church.”

Archbishop Lori, who came to Rome with nearly 100 pilgrims, said: “When we wear the woollen pallium around our neck, we are symbolising our call and responsibility to go in search of a lost and suffering humanity and gently to lay that upon our shoulders and bring everyone as much as we can to safety and to joy, to peace, to salvation.”

Archbishop Aquila said the pallium ceremony “keeps very much alive the consistent teaching of the Church, the consistent reflection of the church, with the teachings of Christ himself and of the apostles” that all Christians are called to imitate Christ the good shepherd.

Afterward, at a reception for the US archbishops and well-wishers, Stanton Skerjanec, a pilgrim from Denver, told CNS he thought Archbishop Aquila would preserve the conservative values associated with his predecessor, Archbishop Chaput.

Archbishop Chaput “is one of the few outspoken bishops. He made great strides in the vocations department, in fact it was he that made me think about a vocation” to the priesthood, the 18-year-old said.

Theresa Miller, 73, of Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, said that she and other people in the archdiocese had faith that Archbishop Chaput would “straighten things out and it will all be right in the end”.

“It may hurt, but it’s necessary,” she said.

Bill McCarthy, who leads Catholic Charities in Baltimore, said the pallium ceremony showed the “universality of the Church and mirrors our faith and call to service”.

He said the love he felt from the Pope reminded him that “seeing love and experiencing that love is what we do every day in serving those in need.”

Contributing to this story were Francis X Rocca and Sarah Delaney in Rome

  • Hugues Huddlestone

    And the abandonned tiara was sign of what?

  • Fr. Thomas Poovathinkal

    “Anglican Fr John Hall, the dean of Westminster, said he hoped the
    historic visit would help the Church and the Anglican Communion progress
    along the “long and tortuous path toward full and visible unity”.”

    THE GROUND FOR SUCH A UNITY IS THE CONTEXT  OF CHRIST THE LORD’S WORDS AND ACTIONS AND THE SPECIAL OFFICE HE PERSONALLY BESTOWED ON  ST. PETER AND THE OFFICE ST PETER  HIMSELF HELD SYMBOLISED AND NOT ANY HISTORICAL ACCIDENT AND SINFUL IRRELEVANCE DUE TO THE ARROGANT CAPTURE OF DIVINE DOMAIN BY ANY TEMPORAL POWER.

    IN THE PEOPLE OF  GOD, SPREAD ALL OVER THE DIVIDED CHURCHES THE SPIRIT OF GOD  IS STILL YEARNING FOR UNITY. THAT IS THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS POWER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. LET ALL LOVERS OF CHRIST THE LORD  BE ACTIVELY SUPPORTIVE OF IT.

  • Fr. Thomas Poovathinkal

    Benedict XVI says pallium is sign of tie to heaven and earth, Christ and pope
    By Carol Glatz on Friday, 29 June 2012, CATH. HER. UK

    “You have been constituted in and for the great mystery of communion
    that is the Church, the spiritual edifice built upon Christ as the
    cornerstone, while in its earthly and historical dimension, it is built
    on the rock of Peter,” the Pope said during his homily on the feast of
    Ss Peter and Paul.

    WHEN OUR POPES START SELECTING FOR THE HIGHEST OFFICES IN THE CHURCH MEN (AND WHEN THE TIME IS RIPE WOMEN TOO PERHAPS)  WHO ARE FIT FOR APOSTLESHIP – FIT FOR PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD IN PRACTICE (AS AGAINST MERE RITUAL AND DOGMA) UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF JESUS’ HOLY SPIRIT, ACCOMPANIED BY SIGNS OF THE KINGDOM, THINGS WILL BE  MORE CREDIBLE.

    THEN THERE WILL BE “FRUITS” PRODUCED IN AND THROUGH SUCH MEN (AND WOMEN) ACCORDING TO THE DEMANDS OF CHRIST THE LORD AND IT WILL BE PROVED TO THE WORLD THAT THESE MEN TRULY BELONG TO THE LORD.

  • Paul Miki

    You are becoming too much “mr father Thomas” could you please stand aloof and watch things moving in their own direction??? you are trying to show how much you are a disgraced person,Im sorry!

  • daclamat

    The pallium, in its present Western form, is a narrow band, “three fingers broad”, woven of white lamb’s wool from sheep raised by Trappist monks, with a loop in the centre resting on the shoulders over the chasuble and two dependent lappets, before and behind; so that when seen from front or back the ornament resembles the letter Y. It is decorated with six black crosses, one on each tail and four on the loop, is doubled on the left shoulder and sometimes is garnished, back and front, with three jeweled gold pins. The two latter characteristics seem to be survivals of the time when the Roman pallium was a simple scarf doubled and pinned on the left shoulder.

     The Benedictine nuns of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere later weave the lambs’ wool into pallia.
    The awarding of the pallium became controversial in the Middle Ages, because popes charged a fee from those receiving them, acquiring hundreds of millions of gold florins for the papacy and bringing the award of the pallium into disrepute. This process was condemned by the Council of Basel in 1432, which referred to it as “the most usurious contrivance ever invented by the papacy”.[2] The fee was later abandoned amid charges of simony.
    So now you know.
    It’s a symbol of what’s wrong with the Church, Rome imposing it’s iron fist, strangling the local expressions of faith and ecclesial community. Yuck.

  • Benedict Carter

    All very interesting until the last paragraph, which is complete neo-protestant boll*cks.

  • Benedict Carter

    I pray the next Pope will be crowned and we will once again see the tiara used as it once was, to symbolise the superiority of the spiritual over the secular. Here’s dreaming.

  • Jae

    Father Poo are you trying to imply and support women clergy in the Catholic hierarchy?

  • Fr. Thomas Poovathinkal

     

    LET US ALSO LOVE THE CAUSE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN AND THROUGH HIM AND PRAY AND BE SUPPORTIVE OF HIM. THIS MAKES US RELEVANT.

  • Fr. Thomas Poovathinkal

     
    WAS MARY THE MOTHER OF THE LORD THE QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES?

    WAS MARY MAGDALENE AN APOSTLE?

    TO WHOM DID JESUS THE LORD APPEAR  FIRST AFTER HIS RESURRECTION?
    TO WHOM DID BLESSED JOHN PAUL II REFER AS, “APOSTLE TO THE APOSTLES”?

    SAMARITAN WOMAN WHAT ABOUT HER, AN APOSTLE?

    DO WOMEN STINK OF SIN?
    ….AND MEN FULL OF FRAGRANCE OF THE LORD?

    AS LONG AS THE ONE WHO REPRESENTS CHRIST THE LORD ON EARTH SAYS NO TO IT. IT HAS TO BE SO.

    WHEN HE SAYS YES, IT WILL BE SO. AND IT WILL BE  A GLORIOUS YES FOR THE LORD’S CAUSE.

  • stevhep

    Recently while I was reflecting on the first words of Jesus recorded in St Johns Gospel I noticed that the very first thing He says to St Peter is “You are Simon, son of John, but you shall be called Cephas” (which means Rock) On my blog I observed  

    His first words to Simon are of an altogether different kind. He looks at him and immediately gives him a new title. He is to be the Rock. Almost at the beginning of the Gospel Peter becomes the Rock at the command of Jesus. Almost at the end he becomes the Shepherd “Feed my lambs.” “Look after my sheep.” “Feed my sheep” (John 21) The word reported by the Theologian  are never without significance or purpose. If he places Simon Peter in a special place then it is a sure sign that his Divine Master had done so before him. Each of us who seeks Jesus has a reason for doing so, we desire something or a something from Him. But it is a two way relationship, He desires something or a something from us also. And that something is different for each one of us. Some, and not the least important in the Kingdom, spend their lives and fulfil their purpose in obscure well doing, prayer, service, in solitude or in the midst of a bustling family. Others are called, not by themselves, to live prominently. To lead, to guide, to discipline, to exhort, to command. If the first word of Jesus was to call for followers his second was to establish a hierarchy amongst them. We cannot, if we are faithful to the words of Scripture, pretend that the Jesus Community consisted of one Saviour and an undifferentiated mass of followers. It consisted of first Jesus, then Peter. As it was so it now is in the Church He left established with His blood and upheld through His Spirit and that of the Father. 
    http://catholicscot.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/enter-logos-pt-1.html 

  • ROSEofSHARON

     Next pope crowned with a “tiara” indeed and a nice long lace gown, a necklace and earings like that of a bride or a beauty queen … O my!! wouldn’t he look nice???