Most of the monsignori
who have spoken at the balcony of the Loggia of St Peter's, between the pontificate of Paul VI and that of Francis, to deliver the sad announcement of the death of the pope or, with frank gaiety, to say Habemus papam!, share the same secret.
And indeed, the monsignori
are among the many feudal vestiges that have lingered in the Catholic Church.
As Domestic Prelates, they are elevated to the higher degree of the monsignori
, a rank equivalent to that of Bishop.
At Mass, and later at the raucous reception, the crowd was dotted with a few bigwigs and monsignori
, but mostly filled with first- and second-generation immigrants inching their way to respectability.
In 1950 he suggested to Cardinal Gilroy that monsignori
wear their robes at all times; he was a poor example and 'the worst offender', having convinced himself that in all the hurly burly of his commercial work 'the purple' was an embarrassment to others.
Griffiths, Franjo Franic, Lionel Audet, Platon V Kornyljak, e i monsignori
Luciano Cerfaux, Giuseppe Fenton, Salvatore Garofalo, Gerard Philips, Antonio Piolanti, Michele Schmaus, Pietro Pavan, Agostino Ferrari Toniolo, Carlo Colombo, i reverendi Carlo Journet, Alberto Michel, e i padri Luigi Ciappi, Rosario Gagnebet, Ludovico Gillon, Giacomo Ramirez, Carlo Balic, Damiano van den Eynde, Agostino Trape, Edoardo Dhanis, Francesco Hurth.