Thursday, April 03, 2008

The academic biretta...


One treat of living in Rome is the honor to witness the moment when a dear friend receives his doctorate. In this case, it was for Church History (thus the colors on the doctoral biretta). Afterwards, while out for a Roman cena, the cook decided he'd like to try on a biretta.

4 comments:

Volpius Leonius said...

I recently for the first time saw a biretta with green colours, any idea what this signifies?

Rev. Dr. Athanasius D. McVay, HED said...

how green? All green or green trimmed? Probably an academic Biretta.

Adam said...

I am in search of someone to make this very biretta you feature here--black, with scarlet piping and pom. (I am a graduate of a pontifical faculty in theology). Have you any idea where this one was obtained? Any information you could provide would be most gratefully appreciated!

AdamDeVille@gmail.com

Rev. Dr. Robert M. Herbst, OFM Conv, JCD said...

Most likely the green biretta would be an academic (Licentiate or Doctorate) degree in Canon Law or possibly civil law. That normally has a green pom with green trim. A side note, some Canon Law schools use red, as the department is under Religious Studies. There are some "variations on the theme" with the green, but the piping would indicate a Law degree of some sort.