PATRIARCHAL DIRECTIVE
ON THE USE OF THE MANTELLETTA BY BISHOPS

On the Feast of Saint Marcellus I, Pope and Martyr
16 January A.D. 2012
and as updated 8 October A.D. 2012


I. CHOIR DRESS

1. Auxiliary Bishops of any See within the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church, as well as titular Archbishops of the Patriarchal See, shall use the Roman purple mantelletta over the rochet and cassock in choir dress in place of the mozzetta. The Archbishop Coadjutor of the Patriarchal See, if one is elected, uses the mantelletta with the mozzetta worn over it in all locations.

2. Bishops Ordinary wear the mozzetta within the territory of their own diocese and the mantelletta alone outside of said territory.

3. Metropolitan Archbishops shall wear the mozzetta within the territory of their own archdiocese or province and the mantelletta outside of said territory.

4. Bishops Ordinary who are visited by their Metropolitan within their own diocese use the mantelletta with the mozzetta over it during said visit. Similarly, both Bishops Ordinary and Metropolitans within their own territory wear the mantelletta with the mozzetta over it during a visit of the Patriarch. However, at a provincial synod, all Ordinaries within the province wear the mozzetta without mantelletta, even in the presence of the Metropolitan.

II. ACADEMIC AND COURT DRESS

5. The use of the mantelletta as described for choir dress in Nos. 1-4 above applies for academic and court dress of bishops.

III. CODE OF PARTICULAR CANON LAW

6. At all instances of reference in the Code of Particular Canon Law to the use of the mozzetta for bishops, it is both permissible and mandatory that the mantelletta should be substituted for the mozzetta in those cases in which the mantelletta should be worn in place of the mozzetta according to this directive.

7. The mantelletta and the mozzetta are both items of the episcopal habit, the usage of each being determined both by the jurisdictional status of the individual bishop and the presence of a higher prelate as indicated in No. 4 above. Therefore, no formal change to the Code of Particular Canon Law is indicated, this directive constituting a canonical supplement in accordance with Canon 139 CJCP.

IV. EXCEPTIONS AND NOTES

8. Bishops who are designated as non-territorial jurisdictional bishops wear the mozzetta just as given for a Bishop Ordinary or Metropolitan.

9. An Auxiliary Bishop who is appointed as an Episcopal Visitor of a vacant diocese, archdiocese, or equivalent jurisdiction uses the mantelletta and never the mozzetta.

10. The Vicar-General of the Patriarchal See uses the mantelletta when within the territory of the Patriarchal See and when in the presence of the Patriarch. At all other times he uses the mozzetta over the mantelletta.

 

 

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