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Monday, March 27, 2006

Sweet Church

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica in Covington, Kentucky. It has the world's largest church stained glass window. More exciting, they have the fantastic old-style ambo. And, most exciting, if you look in this picture, you can see that they display the apostolic canopy, ancient symbol of jurisdictional authority. What I'm not sure of is if they get to display it because it's a cathedral (and thus the seat of jurisdictional authority), or because it's a basilica. I didn't seen one in the St. Louis basilica when I was there a few years ago, but that doesn't mean they weren't allowed to have one. I think it might be worth a trip to Covington just to see the "umbrella."

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Blogger Dennis said...

A "basilica" in the proper sense of the "Basilica of San Juan del Valle" or the "Basilica Cathedral of St. Mary's, Covington" is the pope's church. He has the right to enter it at any time. Today, that's symbolic because there's hardly any church anywhere that wouldn't welcome a visit from a pope, but I suppose historically that title was very serious.

The umbrella is the sign of the pope's authority in this particular space.

At least that's what I've heard from other seminarians.

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