Tuesday, March 31, 2009

No Cardinal for French royal nuptials

March 31, 1931

Cardinal Lavitrano will not be able to officiate at the upcoming marriage of Prince Henri, Count of Paris, heir to the pretender to the French throne, and Princess Isabelle of Orleans-Braganca. This is due to the inclusion of two names, Leon Daudet and Charles Maurras, on the guest list. The two men are the leaders of the Action Francaise, the French Royalist society. This group is "under the ban of the Roman Catholic Church," and the presence of the two leaders "is construed as giving an undesirable touch to the ceremony." The guest list officially names the men as journalists.
It is expected that a "lesser churchman" will be asked to officiate at the wedding, which will take place in Palermo on April 8.

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