Monthly Archives: June 2014

Transition in Spain

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Now that the Spanish Cortes has voted on and passed the law allowing for the abdication of King Juan Carlos I it has prepared the way for proclamation of the Prince of the Asturias as King Felipe VI on June 18. The arms borne by Felipe as Prince (left) will be replaced by the royal arms (right). It has not yet been determined what title Juan Carlos will hold or what arms he shall bear. Perhaps it will be something similar to the arms borne by his father, Don Juan? (below) Of course, Don Juan, however, had renounced his rights to the throne and, while having been for a time the Pretender to the Headship of the Royal House, was never King.




The coat of arms of The Most Rev. Camillo Cibotti ordained on June 11 as bishop of Isernia-Venafro, Italy.



New Primate of Poland

The new Archbishop of Gniezno, Poland, the Most Rev. Wojciech Polak, will be installed on June 7. In 1948 it was decided that the Archbishops of Warsaw would also be the Archbishops of Gniezno and, thus, Primates of Poland. These two offices were joined “in persona episcopi”. However, later in March of 1992 it was decided once again to separate the two archdioceses with each having its own archbishop. Josef Cardinal Glemp who was Archbishop of Gniezno and warsaw at the time was permitted to retain the title of Primate of Poland until he stepped down in 2009. From 2009 onwards the title Primate of Poland once again rests solely with the Archbishop of Gniezno and not with the Archbishop of Warsaw.

The arms of Archbishop Polak (below) show a simple design. However, the galero is shown with 30 green tassels instead of 20 and those tassels also appear ro have a skein of gold interwoven in them. Such a hat is used in Roman Catholic heraldry by Patriarchs, not Primates. Frequently, it is erroneously asserted that Primates are entitled to the same external ornaments as Patriarchs. This is false and untrue! So, this new Archbishop-Primate begins his tenure by claiming additaments on his coat of arms to which he has no credible claim.

Heraldry: FAIL