Two New Korean Bishops

Two Auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Seoul, Korea were ordained today. There coats of arms are interesting. They are Bishops Timothy Yu Gyoung-chon and Peter Chung Soon-taek, OCD. (that is, Order of Discalced Carmelites). The coat of arms of Bishop Timothy is unconventional bordering on the bizarre. It makes extensive use of writing and seems to have the motto on the shield itself. It also makes use of no external ornaments to indicate these are the arms of a bishop. On the other hand the coat of arms of Bishop Peter is more conventional in appearance. His arms are primarily composed of the coat of arms of the Order of Discalced Carmelites differenced by the exclusion of the two additional stars that usually appear in the upper left and right thirds of the shield. In addition, he employs a galero that is somewhat unique to Asian heraldry. The tassels are green as would be usual for a prelate with the rank of bishop. However, the hat is decidedly not green. Here it is a shade of red but sometimes a purple hat is used. This is to avoid the awkward and embarrassing situation that would arise from a bishop employing a green hat. To “wear a green hat” is a colloquial expression in many parts of Asia that means the man is a cuckold. To avoid this association with the well known expression many Asian bishops from various countries make use of a hat of some color other than green.

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