St. Agnes, the pallium and purityOur rector pointed out this morning at Mass that the wool for pallium that a new archbishop receives from the pope on the feast of the Chair of Peter (June 29) comes from two sheep blessed by the pope on the feast of St. Agnes. He pointed out (appropriately) that this connects the ministry of the archbishop to the sacrificial witness of the martyr.
It might also be pointed out that this makes a connection between the authority of the archbishop and the innocence and purity of children. I hope our holy prelates are getting the message. Enough said.