The XIVth Popes are pretty impressive Pontiffs.
We know and love Papa Ganganelli – Clement XIV of Happy Memory – in particular for his suppression of the Jesuits.
But let us also consider the greatness of Papa Lambertini – Benedict XIV of especially Happy Memory – for his many gifts as a scholar and jurist, as a humanist and wit.
If Clement XIV is famous for having given the Jesuits their due, Benedict XIV was the Pope to whom canonists and those who work on causes of saints refer to as “The Legislator”. We are still – with some changes here and there – using his basic process for beatification and canonizations.
Benedict is well-known for many things, but here is something which we will all find delightful: he sternly forbade service of women at the altar for Mass, and he included the notion of “deaconettes”.
In his 1755 document Allatae sunt Benedict, who saw that a terrible practice has slithered in among some Greeks, he in the sternest way forbade “altar girls” and any thought of female deacons.
For this alone, Benedict deserves his very own FR. Z SWAG!
And… wear him with pride!
What’s on the back? The text of his prohibition is on the back of these shirts (with two exceptions – one economy shirt for men and one for women which don’t have texts, so check carefully):
What’s on the back? [NB: Some have sent notes about typos. There are no typos on the finished shirts… so don’t freak out.]
Enjoy your mug with some MYSTIC MONK COFFEE or TEA!