Sunday, May 8
You see, in the middle of all this armorial hoopla, the Pope blessed a new flag for the Papal Swiss Guards which shows the new papal arms very clearly without the pallium and with the tiara. The photograph of the ceremony is indistinct, but the video on Yahoo.com has a nice close-up of the corner in which Benedict XVI's insignia is displayed. (Click on the link on the left-hand side of this article for the video). Frankly, I think this is the best solution to the imbroglio, as it currently stands. I'm not adverse to the mitre's limited heraldic use by the Papacy; John Paul II did it too. I hope both options get equal air time--and the new mitre (which, if it's drawn a bit better, might be kinda cool) doesn't overshadow the old tiara.