Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pope Honors the Irish - And why shouldn't he?

Irish Get Special Place for Corpus Christi Events Honors Recall Paul V and 1608 Flight of the Earls

ROME, MAY 21, 2008 ( Thursday's Corpus Christi procession led by Benedict XVI will have a historical flavor honoring the Irish. Students from the Pontifical Irish College will have a special role in the Corpus Christi Mass and procession. Deacons Colin Crossey from the Diocese of Down and Connor, and Shane Gallagher from the Diocese of Raphoe will participate in the Mass. And six other seminarians (four of whom are Irish) will flank the Pope as he processes with the Eucharist from the Basilicas of St. John Lateran to St. Mary Major.

The participation of the Irish College seminarians hearkens back 400 years to 1608 when Earl Hugh O'Neill and his party received the honor of carrying the canopy in the Corpus Christi procession. According to Monsignor Liam Bergin, Rector of the Pontifical Irish College, "The honor shown to the Irish Earls 400 years ago, by Pope Paul V, has been revisited on eight Irish College seminarians who will assist Pope Benedict in this procession tomorrow.
As this anniversary is being marked in Ireland and beyond by historical and cultural events, it is appropriate that the religious dimension is also acknowledged and that the welcome given to the Catholic princes four centuries ago, by the Holy See, be joyously celebrated today."

History O'Neill and his followers arrived in Rome on April 29, 1608, fleeing from Ireland. The party was received with full honors by Paul V and was given prominence at civil and religious events in the city. O'Neill, together with his son-in-law and six other nobles of his party, were given the particular honor of carrying the canopy in the Corpus Christi procession on June 5, 1608.

Tadhg Ó Cianáin's contemporary diary of the event records: "The Italians were greatly surprised that they should be shown such deference and respect, for some of them said that seldom before was any one nation in the world appointed to carry the canopy. With the ambassadors of all the Catholic kings and princes of Christendom who happened to be in the city at that time it was an established custom that they, in succession, every year got their opportunity to carry the canopy. They were jealous, envious, and surprised that they were not allowed to carry it on that particular day."

The 400th anniversary of the so-called flight of the Earls was widely celebrated in Ireland last year, as the party left Ireland on Sept. 14, 1607.


Aimee said...

Go Home Team!!!

Anonymous said...

If the irish are so great then why is there only one male vocalist in the entire race and how come he sings the same song over and over again at different tempos.

Go ahead...say it... the ENGLISH had something to do with it.

My personal opinion.. they are still evolving.

P.S. UPPER and lower case used intentionally.

Petrus said...

Dear Anonymous:

What in the hades are you talking about? Have you ever heard Arab music? Talk about the same drone over and over again...

The English did have something to do with the Irish. They oppressed them, starved them, and made them braver and stronger because of it.

Leave the upper and lower case creativity to the experts, like Emily Dickenson.

Anonymous said...

Hey Cutie Pie Petrus,

Now I know what an oxymoron is - irish/brave & strong.

Brave & Strong has made them resort to the activities of terrorists, street bombs that kill innocent civilians....

Lets hear it for the brave and strong IRISH and the ones that caused 911.

Whatever happened to non-violence?
The brave and strong need need to read up Mohandas Karumchand Gandhi.

Anonymous said...

Gee, Anonymous a little bitter are we? And who said anything about anti-violence?

Anonymous said...

Gee, Anonymous a little bitter are we? And who said anything about anti-violence?

Petrus said...


You're blaming the Irish for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 - or you think that they are responsible for emergency phone calls (911).

Like I said about capitalization, you should probably leave blog comments to the experts.


Anonymous said...

I have declared a, "FATHWA" on you.

Death to Petrus, Death to the Irish.

Long live the Queen.

Anonymous said...

What a sicko, anonymous is....too "afraid of the Big Bad Irish" to leave his name. The fatwah is pretty scary stuff and should be investigated...yap, that is what I will do....turn this over to be investigated! Some big ole Irish cop is just who I know will track down this guy and well, we all know what happens then..."si senor this is Gitmo!"
Grainne Carraig

NCTradCatholic said...

Best reason for the Pope to honor the Irish today? They rejected the Lisbon treaty!! 'tis a fine thing!