Saturday, April 17, 2010

Continued Blessings of Summorum Pontificum: Solemn Pontifical Baptism According to Old Ritual in St. Peter's Basilica

April 17, 2010.

Chapel of the Canons of the Vatican Basilica.

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

Archbishop Raymond Burke, great friend of Rome students, baptizes Rome's newest American baby, born to a happy couple who studies at a Pontifical University in Rome.

In the group photo are Rome Pontifical University Students from Italy, the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany and Poland.

The finest of bishops, a great pastor and a true shepherd.


  1. One question by a reader from Germany who isn't really experienced in the usus antiquior: Why does the Bishop wear on one photo a white cope and on another a purple one?

    greetings from Germany,

  2. Are we getting a look of a ...future Pope here?

  3. First, for Florian:
    In the Traditional Rite of Baptism, purple is used in the first part of the Ceremony by a Priest or Bishop, because at that point, the soul of the Infant or person to be Baptized is still in a state of original sin.
    Also, after a very heartfelt Thank You to John Paul for all his magnificent photos, just a suggestion:We should never use the term "Old Rite." These are the timeless Traditional Rites of the Church, so if I may humbly suggest always using Traditional Rite or Extraordinary Form?
    Thank you, thank you for all you do!

  4. @RipK Out of all the American Bishops Burke is the finest and I can't think of a better American Candidate for the Chair of Peter.

  5. Florian, in the usus antiquior, a purple cope and stole are worn for the first part of the baptismal rite, up until the profession of faith, when the celebrant changes into the white cope and stole for the remainder of the rite.

    RipK, while Msgr. Burke would undoubtedly make an excellent pope, I'd say there's little to no possibility of an American being elected to that office any time soon.

  6. Very historical......

    First time in 40 years!

  7. Hey John, thanks so much for posting this and for the CD with the great photos of our daughter's baptism! I wish you a blessed time in Turin and would ask for your prayers for us at the Shroud as we discern our next move. Hope to see you soon!