Ermine, Part II

Today also marked the beginning of the judicial year for the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota which, according to Canon Law (canon # 1443), is “the ordinary tribunal established by the Roman Pontiff to receive appeals”. Pope Francis went there today to deliver the traditional annual papal address, which always focuses on some aspect of the administration of justice with respect to marriage nullity cases in the Church.

Ermine is not only used in the ceremonial dress of the Italian civil court system, as I posted about earlier. Here is how the judges of the Roman Rota dressed for today’s occasion:

All of the judges are monsignors, except for the lead judge (so to speak), who is a bishop.

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