Prince Albert II's Fiance Converts to Catholicism

...and almost as important, she is veiled. Original post

Monaco (kath.net/KAP) Charlene Wittstock 33 the fiance of Prince Albert II of Monacho, is going to become a Catholic, according to a report from the Royal house. In an official statement on Monday it is said that she is from a free and personal decision, coming into full communion with the Catholic Church.

The South African Charlene Wittstock was baptized as a protestant. The civil wedding is set for the 1st of July. The Church wedding will take place after in the family chapel at the Palace.

The Roman Catholic Church is the official state Church in Monaco. The Principality has had its own Archbishop since 1981, who is appointed directly by the Holy See. The freedom of other religions and confessions is guaranteed by Monaco's Constitution. Report here, from Strait's Times...

Thus we see humility, a real prerequisite for Royalty.



Matterhorn said...

Best wishes and blessings to the future Princess. I hope that this is indeed a true and sincere conversion.

Brantigny said...

We must trust that it is.

Anonymous said...


headcovering among Catholic women is experiencing somewhat of a resurgence among my generation (Gen X) and Gen Y), in both Eastern and Western Rites. We appreciate the beauty, humility and sacramentality of this expression of faith without the fever of 60's and 70's boomer rebellion buzzing in our ears. In the Eastern Rite that I am in the process of converting to, there is not the animosity between coverers and non-coverers as so many seem to observe in the Roman rite, for instance, in Anglosphere nations. It makes for a far more harmonious community of faith. Indeed, I have observed that (in the case of the Eastern rite I am entering into), much of the Anglosphere RC post V2 antics have simply not been an issue - yes, there have been a few concerns, but my rite has taken a much more thoughtful, wise attitude to things, leading to a far healthier community of faith in my thinking. Not that this rite is perfect - no body of human beings is; it is, however, much more grown up and mature. I believe God will enable us Gen X'ers and Y'ers to clean up the mess that the boomer and war-baby generations have left behind (with all due respect to faithful readers of this blog who fit the latter demographics(

Go the Mantilla!!!! (and hat, beret, scarf and so on!! Remember, fellow coverers, whatever you settle upon, wear it always with Christ in mind; that we do not fall into the trap of 'plain but vain'...

may our heavenly Father bless the Royal couple featured in this blog entry and grant the young lady the Peace that passes all understanding, and strength to weather the rebel onslaught of criticism that will invariably follow her choice to convert and cover.


Brantigny said...

Thank you once again Sarah. I wish my daughters would read the comments in my blog, as well as my mother and sister.

Anonymous said...


Feel fre to print out anything I have written that you deem to be of value and share it. Alternatively, why not visit your local Marounite, Melchite or Assyrian congregation with your family one Sunday? Even in the riotous rough and tumble of the English service, you'll see a small yet healthy scattering of coverings.

even at a midweek (Tuesday Evening) service in my area, around one third of the ladies of all ages cover. That's pretty good for what would normally be a non-busy night in any church...furthermore, the 'live and let live' attitude shared by both sides makes nobody feel uncomfortable. I can wear my kerchief and nobody gives it a second thought. Pity more churches aren't like this.

I have a theory; when your background is one where your fellow brethren 'back home' are still paying for their faith with their lives, the Anglosphere mucking about that has taken place these past 45 years becomes rather irrelevant; there's no time for immaturity, but a grown-up mature faith is the only thing that will carry one through the trials of life. for the vast majority in the Anglosphere, this perspective is completely unknown, leading to what I consider to be by and large self-centered indulgence invading the domaine of faith in both the private and corporate sphere.

Just my two cents' worth.

If your family wish to cover but don't wish to (insert issue of choice), there comes a time when one must break free from the enslaving chains of the peergroup and be true to one's faith, and relationship with Christ. I know what it is to need to tread lightly in this arena; even a humble buncover can be a bold tool of submission to our heavenly Father if the faith environment is so toxic that nothing else can surfice, or a 'catherine' from www.garlandsofgrace.com - and yes, there are times when a simple buncover is all that is possible for me.

May the Peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you, and bless your family, those with whom you come into contact, and your blog ministry.


Anonymous said...

Interesting comments Sarah, thank you. I attend the TLM every Sunday at the FSSP chapel. One thing that really bothers me is the doily that some women choose to wear. Just MO but if you're going to wear a doily just don't wear any cover on your head for these are just ridiculous. I often think the women that wear these are saying "Okay, I'll show some respect for the Lord but only just some.."

Dymphna said...

Anonymous, don't worry about the women who wear the chapel cap instead of the full mantilla. They have their reasons. Maybe they have a baby who is grabby. Maybe they are short, like I am and a full mantilla would overwhelm them. Maybe they are new to veiling and need to ease into it.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon TLM attendee,

I understand where you are coming from; in the Christian covering fora I participate in, the chappel cap is, ehm, at times viewed with not a little perplexity (as are, in a twist of irony, buncovers such as I wear - see www.katiesmercantile.com to learn what I am speaking of). I can see how you might find them urcsome; the most vacuous of nods to covering etc...

However, may I suggest a slightly different approach (if I may be so bold)? When encountering these ladies, offer your gentle encouragement for their choice to cover (even in the FSSP or SSPX, one may not know the background they have come from. If it has been one in which they have encountered hostility for covering, even a Chappel Cap will require courage). Often, the chappel caps miss the mark because they are not worn correctly or incorectly sized. Furthermore, as a previous commenter has noted, they may be new to covering and need a stepping stone before the piece of lace on their head ceases feeling like a piece of red-hot wrought-ironwork (fellow coverers may well remember this queasy reaction in the very early days). Some may only be managing a 'Catherine' from www.garlandsofgrace.com. Coupled with this approach is intentional prayer especially for them, that they may be led into more 'reverent' covering, though I think nearly all covering is better than none, especially if it is modest such as a CC is. Prayer is powerful. private prayer, coupled with prudent, descrete support for their godly choice will bear fruit. if you know any of these women passing well if you are a woman, perhaps a Christmas or birthday gift of a beautiful headcovering that is fuller but not 'over the top' (no metalic golds, silvers, elbow length numbers etc) coupled with a beautiful card etc, or a lovely lace snood or even elgant silk scarf (you can pick up beautiful pieces without paying through the nose) would be an option. I'd love to receive the present of a mantilla from a fellow paritioner!! You will be familliar with their skin and hair colouring, choice of attire etc and be able to judge what would suit them (for instance, as a married woman, I back off from white, but will wear Purple or black to church)

Above all, follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ; be wise as a surpent and gentle as a dove, remembering how He reached out to fallen humanity in a way that was without compromise yet supremely matched to each different situation and individual encountered, from the numerous tax gatherers and publicans, to the way he called a spade a spade with the religious authorities of his day.

May you be richly and wonderfully blessed,