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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Something pertinent to the quiet before the storm

Can you identify what this picture represents?  Perhaps a little more difficult than the last shot.

Secret Archive #2

UPDATE: Well, after a few guesses, and before all of the madness tomorrow, I'll close the bidding and award points to Titus and Bill Collier.  The shot is from the Book of Oaths of the judges -- the "Auditores," as one can see from the inscription -- of the sacred Roman Rota.  The Rota is the highest Catholic ecclesiastical court (Titus was wise to the judicial language in the inscription).  The judges are praying together, each off of their respective bench.  Collier hit it right, too -- our own Justices could use a little inspiration too from time to time. 


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Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 27, 2012 12:51:00 PM

The descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost stylized to looks like a chapter meeting meeting in a monastery?

Posted by: Catholic Law Student | Jun 27, 2012 1:11:25 PM

The Supreme Court praying for divine guidance in anticipation of tomorrow's release of its healthcare ruling?

Posted by: Bill Collier | Jun 27, 2012 1:18:28 PM

King Arthur's knights of the round table become monks and meet the Holy Spirit.

Posted by: CK | Jun 27, 2012 1:43:35 PM

This is much harder, in part because I don't recognize and can't find the accompanying text. "Locumbabente"? "locuinbabente"? What sort of word is that, however it is spelled?

As for the illumination, it can't be Pentecost, because there is no BVM and no tongues of flame. Besides, you have "juditiu," which is some form of the word for "judgment," as well as "legit," "law." This is a depiction of a council or a conclave, but I'm just not enough of a latinist or an art historian to say more than that.

Posted by: Titus | Jun 27, 2012 3:08:57 PM

Screen shot from the 1983 thriller "The Star Chamber"?

Posted by: S. Floyd | Jun 27, 2012 7:38:51 PM

Yes, I should have guessed the Rota: so named because, as we see in the picture, they met (meet?) in a circle. I don't deserve very many points for having missed that feature.

Posted by: Titus | Jun 28, 2012 9:10:39 AM

"The Rota is the highest Catholic ecclesiastical court..." Um, no. That title belongs to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. "The Apostolic Signatura functions as the supreme tribunal and also ensures that justice in the Church is administered correctly." (Pastor Bonus, art. 121)

Posted by: Thomas A. Szyszkiewicz | Jun 28, 2012 7:45:02 PM