In the Westminster Cathedral exhibition of items from its treasury, I wondered if an opportunity was missed of making a point. For, just as might happen in any exhibition in any secular museum, there is a display of reliquaries; primary and secondary of S Edward the Confessor the Patron of Westminster, and of other Saints down to S Charles Lwanga (incidentally, someone should check whether the the numbers by the items are consistent with list given). But, just as in a secular context, there is no suggestion (such as a prie-Dieu) that that these might, for the Christian, be objects of veneration and means of communion with the whole company of heaven. This could have been a lesson to the Art History industry.
Which suburbicarian bishopric has been occupied by two great English cardinals? Frascati, of course, See of our late Sovereign Lord King Henry IX .... and, later in the nineteenth century, of Cardinal Howard (1829-1892). I suppose he was one of the last great Prince Cardinals; he was also Cardinal Archpriest of the Vatican Basilica; someone should do an exhibition on him as patron of the arts. From his private chapel you can, if you go down to Brompton, see some delightful putti waggling candles; in the Westminster exhibition is a fine chasuble with his arms embroidered; a chalice; and a pair of cruets. I think they have some stuff at Arundel too.
Ah, those were the days.