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Where did the bishop’s mitre come from?

April 20th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

From The Impractical Catholic

While I was traveling to Indianapolis, I missed my connector due to a flight delay and ended up spending the night in Denver. While I was there, I had breakfast with Bob and Jo Anderson, my buddy’s parents and good friends of mine.
At one point, we got on the subject of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, the ordinary of Denver. “That’s something I’ve been meaning to ask you,” Jo exclaimed. “You know those funny hats bishops wear—”
“Mitres,” I supplied.
“Yeah. You know, Bob and I have always wanted to know where those came from.”
Glad you asked, and here’s your answer…

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2 Responses to “Where did the bishop’s mitre come from?”

  1. avatar Louis E. says:

    The papal “triregnum” also developed from the camelaucum (without splitting the top).
    And then there’s the cappa clausa…

  2. avatar militia says:

    “mea cappa, mea cappa, mea maxima cappa.”

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