Wednesday, January 22, 2020

IP History -- Traditional Titles of the Florentine Archfather

FLORENCE 22 January 2020 (ORCNS) - The heritage of the modern Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate, now in its tenth year, evolved from a history spanning more than 2000 years, involving several historical European states. The traditional shepherd of the Imperial Patriarchate is the Patriarch. Formally known as the "Archfather" or "Florentine Archfather," the office retains a number of other historic titles, each referring to a specific element of the patriarchate’s complex history and heritage. This article explains select meanings, history, and modern use.

Florentine Archfather & Cardinal Count of Sainte Animie

Leo X
The principal style used by the Archfather, is Florentine Archfather & Cardinal Count of Sainte Animie, an ancient title synonymous with chief priest and patriarch. Historic Florentine Archfathers were those with both secular authority in Florence and ecclesiastical patriarchal authority. The first four Archfathers began with Leo X (1513), one of the founding fathers of the heritage of the Imperial Patriarchate. Each were also "Roman Archfathers," by virtue of their status as Popes. The fifth Florentine Archfather is the current Bishop of St. Stephen as Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch; titular Prince of Florence in the Holy Roman Empire by virtue of that office.

The title of Cardinal Count of Sainte Animie is concurrent with that of Archfather as a personal union. It is of Merovingian* origin tied to the Burgundian royal house of Arles and the Spanish royal houses of Ivrea and Barcelona, to which the Archfather is heir in Imperial Italy. The title provides a link between the Spanish Empire and Florence, Tuscany, and the Kingdom of Italy in the Holy Roman Empire. The style refers to the title of Cardinal Deacon of Santa Maria Antiqua in Rome, held ex officio by the Imperial Patriarch.

* The Merovingian dynasty was the Frankish (German) ruling family from the mid-5th century until 751. They were known as Kings of the Franks, and their territory included much of modern-day France, and parts of Germany. They were the precursor to the Holy Roman Empire and were succeeded by the family of Charlemagne.

Clement VII
Archprince-Bishop of St. Stephen

The Archprince-Bishop of St. Stephen is the principal episcopal title of the Archfather. It refers to apostolic authority as a bishop and secular authority based on the specific patrimony of office. Its scope includes Florence and Italy in the Holy Roman Empire, and titular elector of the Holy Roman Empire.

Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch

The Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch refers to patriarchal authority over the Imperial Patriarchate, which extends beyond the direct patrimony of the Archfather himself. The historic territories of Westphalia, Würzburg, Trier, Mainz, and Frankfurt in the Holy Roman Empire, and portions of North America are included. 

Prince of Florence in the Holy Roman Empire

Church of St. Stephen al Ponte
The Archfather is Prince of Florence in the Holy Roman Empire by virtue of office. Florence was founded by Julius Caesar, who also founded the original Legion of the Eagle and is one of the founding fathers of the heritage of the Imperial Patriarchate. It was conquered by Charlemagne (another founding father) more than two decades before he was crowned Emperor and King of the Romans, and it became part of the Margraviate of Tuscany. Today the titular spiritual and secular seat of the Imperial Patriarchate is Florence, and the titular seat of the Archfather is the Church of St. Stephen al Ponte in Florence.

Vice-King of Italy and the Holy Roman Empire

The title of Vice-King of Italy in the Holy Roman Empire and Imperial Vice Chancellor of Italy is ecclesiastical successor of the ancient Margraviate of Tuscany in the Holy Roman Empire, in descent from the ancient Margraves of Tuscany and Kings of Italy in the Holy Roman Empire. The first known Vice-King of Italy was Bosone d'Arles, King of Lower Burgundy, one of the founding fathers of the heritage of the Imperial Patriarchate.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Baroque Music Translator Filip Adam Zieliński Receives Patriarchal Service Cross

Filip Adam Zieliński
CRACOW 30 December 2019 (ORCNS) - Filip Adam Zieliński, Esq., a Polish author, poet, and translator of hundreds of vocal works of Baroque composers, was recently awarded the Patriarchal Service Cross by HIRH Don Rutherford I, Florentine Archfather. The medal, part of the honours system of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate, is awarded at the discretion of the Archfather for service to the Imperial Patriarchate or to the arts, sciences, or humanity. It was awarded in this case in recognition of Mr. Zieliński's service to the preservation of Baroque music through his translation of Baroque choral music into Polish. Given the role of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate as a living continuation of both the Renaissance and Baroque, Mr. Zieliński's work was considered particularly relevant and important.

Filip Adam Zieliński, was born in the Royal Capital City of Cracow. His father, Adam Piotr Zieliński, is an artist, painter, Cracow Academy of Fine Arts graduate and a civil servant. Danuta Mariola Zielińska, his mother, works in gastronomy. Mr. Zieliński wrote his first translation in 2013 and has since translated hundreds of cantatas. Composers he has translated include J.S. Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Kuhnau, Johann Ludwig Bach, Johann Ernst Bach and Georg Melchior Hoffmann. Among his interests, except translating, there are such topics as medieval military and weapon, classical men’s fashion, Church’s history and liturgy.

Patriarchal Service

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Heritage of the Imperial Patriarchate in the City of Rome

View of St. Peter's Square and the City of Rome
ROME 26 December 2019 (ORCNS) - The rich and diverse spiritual and temporal heritage of the Imperial Patriarchate naturally includes Roman heritage by virtue of being traditional Old Roman Catholic of the Anglican Rite. More than that, the Imperial Patriarchate is immensely proud of its direct patrimony within the very city of Rome. It is especially through that heritage that, although it enjoys special privilege of autonomy and independence of government outside the administrative structure of the modern the Roman Communion, the patriarchate remains forever tied to the eternal See of Rome.

As a sign of divine grace and favour,
a beam extends to the top of the dome
of St. Peter's Basilica during a visit of the 

Florentine Archfather.
First to be mentioned is Pope Leo X. The Imperial Patriarchate is the ecclesiastical successor to the temporal patrimony of Leo X in Rome, Florence, and England. This includes the heritage of the Imperial Kingdom of Italy, the crowned Vice-Kingship of which passed to the papacy and then to the Imperial Patriarchate from the ancient House of Canossa-Tuscany. Due to this special succession, the Imperial Patriarchate maintains a special place in Roman history and remains a modern living symbol of the Renaissance and Baroque Roman Church and State. Also, the Apartments of Leo X in the Vatican, also commonly known as the Rafael Rooms, which had also previously been the apartments of Pope Julius II, are considered the official titular residence of the Archprince and Imperial Patriarch in Rome. The apartment is part of the Vatican Museums today and no longer serves as an apartment or an office. Yet, the frescoes by Rafael detail significant parts of the heritage of Imperial Catholicism that the modern patriarchate perpetuates today.
A fresco in the Apartments of Leo X
in the Vatican. Pope Leo
is featured in this fresco.

Ancient Frescoes in the Church
of Santa Maria Antiqua,
located within the Roman
Forum. The Florentine
Archfather is by
his office the Cardinal
Deacon of Santa Maria Antiqua. 
Another element of heritage of the Imperial Patriarchate in Rome stretches back to the early church. Outside of the Vatican, located in the Roman Forum, stands a church that has been called the "Sistine Chapel of the Early Church." The church, Santa Maria Antiqua, was destroyed by an earthquake and eventually lay buried until excavations in the 20th century re-discovered it. A World Monuments Foundation project recently restored it. The Florentine Archfather as Archprince-Bishop of St. Stephen and Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch holds by virtue of his ecclesiastical office the title of Cardinal Deacon of Santa Maria Antiqua. Earlier this year, the Archprince formally took symbolic possession of the church. That was delayed by approximately nine years due to the renovation projects. Today the physical building of the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua, as part of the Roman Forum, is owned by the City of Rome. 

Chapel of Pope St. John Paul II in
the Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican
Within the Basilica of St. Peter is located to the Chapel of Pope St. John Paul II. This is a particularly important Chapel related to the heritage of the Imperial Patriarchate since it was under the blessing of St. John Paul that the Legion of the Eagle was reestablished. The Legion of the Eagle not only is the senior -most religious and dynastic order within the Imperial Patriarchate, but itself provides another important link to the city of Rome, for the original Legion, the IX Spanish Legion, was founded by Julius Caesar, founder of the Roman Empire.

These three gems of the cherished history of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate forever tie it to the City of Rome and the Roman church and state. While also maintaining its special privilege of autonomy and independence of government outside the administrative structure of the modern the Roman Communion, these historical elements are jealously guarded, revered, and devotedly maintained as a matter of spiritual duty.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Patriarchal Allocution - Christmas 2019

PATRIARCHAL SEE 25 December 2019 (ORCNS) - HIRH Don Rutherford I, Florentine Archfather gave the annual Patriarchal Allocution on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. The address centred on topics of evangalisation and tradition. It also included special greetings to the people of Italy and the Spanish-speaking lands.

Text of the Allocution: 

From the Florentine Household to the world and to the members of the Court of St. Mary of Walsingham, grace, peace, and our apostolic blessing on this glorious Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the year of our Lord 2019. This is the day in which we celebrate, of course, the coming of Christ as the light of the world. Yet, today, we in Christendom face a situation that is not unlike that of the early church. We find the ways of darkness attempting to snuff out the light of Christ in any way possible. Indeed it is true that we are no longer in the time of the Christianised world, for although it may be the case that the majority of the world’s population identifies in some way as Christian, the true inner belief and outer practice of the faith have been greatly diminished. Ironically, in an era of tolerance being proclaimed, we Christians, particularly those of the traditional Catholic faith, find ourselves a persecuted minority. Even brother often fights brother. 

Some say that Christendom is dead, but with that I cannot agree. Truly Christendom is now like a small candle in a vast abyss of darkness. Yet, even the faintest candle provides light in the dark. Darkness is nothing but the absence of light. It cannot by itself extinguish a light. We must, therefore, look to that light of Christ, no matter how small the flame on earth may be, and seek to fuel it, that it may continue to grow and reflect the incomprehensible strength and brilliance of the light of Christ in heaven gloriously reigning. 

In this time of challenges, we need not seek a new evangelisation, but rather a renewed sense of that very same commission of evangelisation that was given to us by our Lord Himself. This is not a new charge, but the very charge that has always existed for the Christian people. We do not need to remove tradition, for to do so would be to break with that very continuity that links the Christian people of today with the Christian people of every other time period, all the way back to the time when Christ walked the earth as a man – indeed, the very Incarnation that we celebrate today. The faith of Christ is unchanging and knows neither time nor space. We cannot modify our faith and practice to suit the ever-changing whims of the world, for to do so would be to abandon the faith altogether. The clergy and especially the bishops are bound by sacred duty to maintain the true faith, doctrine, and traditions. 

To energise the Christian faithful and to reach new people with the message of love and peace that is Christ, therefore, we must not in any way bend the message of Christ to fit the ways that are purely of the world. That approach has become quite common, and it is disconcerting. What is being preached in such cases, then, is not the faith of Christ, but a faith in mankind alone. What is needed is the framework of the traditions of the church. Those traditions provide the foundation upon which the immutable and eternal truths of the Christian faith stand in the world. Indeed, those traditions, ever-rooted in the very faith that they protect and sustain, exist to stand as a fortified wall against the enemies of the faith. They cannot be destroyed from without, but they can be eroded from within. Once the smoke of Satan enters, it then becomes all too easy to erode the faith. 

Ed ora, ad i nostri carissimi d'Italia, il vero cuore del patrimonio del Patriarcato Imperiale, Noi impariamo la Nostra benedizione speciale. Questo Natale, siamo premuroso soprattutto dei luoghi santi del Nostro patrimonio in Italia, specialmente a Firenze, Roma, ed Aquileia. Possa Dio Onnipotente conferire le Sue benedizioni al popolo d'Italia nel prossimo anno e per sempre. 

También damos un saludo especial y una bendición a Nuestros más queridos en las tierras hispanohablantes. Es a través de la obra de los de herencia española que la luz de Cristo se extendió a gran parte del mundo. De hecho, estamos muy orgulloso de ser el heredero en la Italia Imperial de dos grandes casas españolas. Que Dios Omnipotent os conceda Sus bendiciones a cada uno de vosotros en el año proximo y por siempre. 

Returning to the notion of tradition, We then call to mind the rich and incredibly diverse ancient patrimony that the modern Imperial Patriarchate is called upon by its sacred duty to live, maintain, and perpetuate in the modern world. As ecclesiastical successors to the temporal patrimony of Pope Leo X, the city of Florence, our titular seat in the Church of St. Stephen al Ponte in Florence, and our titular residence in Rome that once were the apartments of Leo are of particular importance and are quite dear to Us. Similarly, the ancient and the sovereign Patriarchate of Aquileia not only is within Our patrimony, but is also the source of many of our traditions and customs. 

Brethren in Christ, we are called to perpetuate the traditions of Christ and His Holy Church in the world, even in this modern period. We must do so courageously, honourably, and without apology, always remembering that all that we do in the world must be rooted in the faith of Christ and flow from the Sacrifice upon the altar. 

Now, We impart our apostolic blessing on each of you that you may have a joyous Christmas season and a beneficial and productive new year, ever growing in the faith of Christ.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Ancient Imperial Patriarchate of Aquileia shares history with the modern Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate

St. Paulinus II,
Patriarch of Aquileia
PATRIARCHAL SEE 18 December 2019 (ORCNS) - The Imperial Patriarchate and Apostolic See of Aquileia is an ancient part of the patrimony in Imperial Italy of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate. Many of the privileges and traditions of the modern Imperial Patriarchate relate to ancient customs, privileges, and traditions of the Imperial Patriarchate of Aquileia. 

Located in the extreme northeast part of the Imperial Kingdom of Italy, it's territory today spans the northeast part of Italy and parts of Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia. The broad territory was and is known as Friuli and at times constituted a secular state. As a diocese, it was founded by St. Mark the Evangelist, who was sent to the area by St. Peter the Apostle. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the eventual conquest of Italy by the Lombards and the subsequent conquest of the Lombard Kingdom of Italy by Charlemagne led to the Patriarchate becoming a state within the Holy Roman Empire. The Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate today is the heir to the Burgundian House of Arles and of the Spanish Houses of Ivrea and Barcelona in Imperial Italy. Those houses ruled the kingdom of Italy itself as a king or vice-King and also ruled several of the southern Italian states. One such monarch, Bosone, Margrave of Tuscany, interceded on the behalf of the Patriarchate of Aquileia in 931. Also, Berengar II of Ivrea, King of Italy, in addition to being a descendant of Charlemagne, was the son of Gisela of Friuli, the daughter of Berengar I, Margrave of Friuli and King of Italy. Berengar II himself was also Margrave of Friuli. From there it remained a secular territory of the Holy Roman Empire until it was ceded to the Patriarch of Aquileia in 1077. 
Don Giovanni Grimani,
Patriarch of Aquileia in the
distinctive patriarchal habit
resembling that of the Pope.
The Patriarch of Aquileia enjoyed the Imperial titles of Count and Prince-Bishop and was a monarch in every way. The Republic of Venice eventually became their most troublesome arrival, and in 1411 there was a war that resulted in the end of the Patriarchate in 1433. The territories of the Patriarchate were then ruled by the Venetians.

Don Bertholdus, Patriarch
of Aquileia, in red-trimmed
white habit and
white mozzetta
The highly-privileged Imperial Patriarchs of Aquileia enjoyed many privileges. As patriarchs, they were entitled to red vesture of a style similar to the Pope. They often used a red velvet mozzetta, but without the fur trim found on that of the Pope. Their periodic use of a white habit with red trim and a fur mozzetta may be seen today in the red-trimmed white cassock used by the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch and his fur mozzetta used during the winter half-year. They also used the temporal symbols of authority, including the orb – which remains part of the state regalia of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate today.

Don Paulinus, Cardinal Patriarch of
Aquileia is seen in the centre in
fur mozzetta and red galero
Also, the Patriarchate of Aquileia periodically held a special mass called the Mass of the Sword. During that mass, the deacon wears a special helmet and gives specific salutes with a sword. A similar mass is part of the traditional ceremonial of the modern Imperial Patriarchate.

The modern Imperial Patriarchate in memory of St. Stephen stands as an example of continuity with all the elements of its rich and diverse heritage. The ancient Imperial Patriarchate of Aquileia is an important part of that heritage. 

Monday, December 16, 2019

The Chevalier Kenneth Kittelberger, Papal Knight, Scouting Leader, Dies at age 81, Leaves Legacy of Service to Others

The Chevalier Kenneth
Kittelberger, GCSG
WALTER REED 16 December 2019 (ORCNS) - The Chevalier Kenneth F. Kittelberger was born 20 February 1938 and died 14 December 2019 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, USA. A papal knight and international Scouting leader, he leaves behind a legacy of Christian service to others. In addition to other memorials and liturgy, a requiem mass will be celebrated by his friend and fellow Scout leader HIRH Cardinal Don Rutherford, Archprince-Bishop of St. Stephen.

Chev. Kittelberger became an Eagle Scout in Webster, NY, in 1952. In 1975, he was appointed as a Chapter Advisor in Black Eagle Lodge, the lodge of American Scouting's honor society, the Order of the Arrow located in the Transatlantic Council. He soon discovered that the Chapter membership roster was very out of date. Through his meticulous efforts, he spent many hours updating and computerizing lodge records. In 1976, Ken became Black Eagle Lodge Advisor. Although he faced many obstacles common to an overseas OA Lodge, where membership generally changed every 3 years due to families rotating to and from overseas, he was successful in getting the ball rolling.

When he returned to the United States in 1978, Chev. Kittelberger started to accumulate memorabilia issued by Black Eagle Lodge, even deciding to write a book in 2002 depicting every known issue from the Lodge and Chapters since 1952. He updated the book in 2015, including 148 pages, with 133 in color depicting 410 patches, neckerchiefs, and pins. For each item, he included a brief history of the activity and any other information he could verify. His work was the first, most accurate history of the Lodge and Lodge issues, forming the basis of several other histories and data published among collectors.

Chev. Kittelberger was also one of the foremost historians on the Baden Powell family; having known various family members and written many manuscripts about BP. Much of his work was used as a reference by the British Scout Association, according to archivists there.

A retired military officer and NASA contractor, Chev. Kittelberger lived in Maryland for the past 36 years. He was active in the Baltimore Council and retained his membership in Black Eagle Lodge, becoming one of the few brothers named an honorary Life Member. He held many awards including the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, and the Silver Beaver Award.

Chev. Kittelberger was also named a Knight Grand Cross, Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great and was a member of the College of Papal Knights. He was a Baden-Powell Fellow of the World Scout Foundation. In 1991 was named a NASA Manned Space Flight Honoree.

Chev. Kittelberger's legacy lives on in many other ways, including his Eagle Scout son and grandson, and his many significant donations to various Scouting Museums, such as The BSA Museum, The Ottawa (IL) Scouting Museum, the World of Scouting Museum, and Gilwell, England.  

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Painting Details Imperial Patriarchate History, Past and Present

PATRIARCHAL SEE 14 December 2019 (ORCNS) - A new painting by a priest of the Imperial Patriarchate, entitled “The Continuation of the Imperial Patriarchate,” details the ancient and modern history of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate in memory of St. Stephen. The painting features the founding fathers of the Imperial Patriarchate’s patrimony, as well as the modern heads of the titular patriarchal states.