Friday, October 27, 2006
Roman etiquette: how to greet a Bishop...
More on the Roman etiquette that we all strive to know and love once we arrive here in Rome:
“Should you bend the knee when kissing the episcopal ring? Yes, if the Bishop is within the limits of his own diocese, as it is a acknowledgment of his jurisdiction as Ordinary. Outside of his own diocese, etiquette requires that he should only permit a low bow due to his character as a Bishop. According to principles frequently laid down in this manuel, it is proper to bend the knee to a Cardinal everywhere, to an Archbishop in his province, and to an Abbot in his monastery; and the same honor should also be paid to the Apostolic Delegate throughout the territory of his Delegation.”
-Costume of Prelates of the Catholic Church According to Roman Etiquette
By John Abel Nainfa, S.S., D.C.L