I was struck with curiousity and wonder if you or your readers have an answer to this question: when was dedicated the present cathedra at St. John Lateran? Is it Pope Sixtus V's?
Absolutelt magnificent. I remember the time about 10-12 years ago when that lunatic Piero Marini and his crew decided NOT to put the tiara on the head of St. Peter that year.There was an absolute outpouring of condemnation and criticism of him that I think he was genuinely shocked. UNfortunatly, I don't think JP II cared one way or the other.Nevertheless, the tiara was back the following year!!
Pope Paul VI wore his once; John Paul I thought it too 'triumphalistic'. John Paul II and Benedict XVI must have felt the same way.
You mean the other Marini.
My mistake, it is Pîero indeed. Too many Marinis...
Triumphalistic, only if that is their heartfelt intention to feel. Otherwise it is merely a Roman Catholic symbol of unity and the Pope. Imagine if other faiths were to disregard their symbols so hastily. For as many outspoken people who are against the tiara, there are probably more untold, less outspoken people who wish to see its' reuse or at least would simply follow the Pope should he elect to wear it once in a while. Certainly it could be worn twice a year or something, pleasing all sides. I often wonder if when alone, in the confines of the Vatican if Pope John Paul I, Pope John Paul II or Papa Benedicto XVI has ever placed it upon their heads in a private message to all former Popes that they are indeed in continuity with tradition and the Church in an unreported, undocumented sort of way. I would.