Sceptre is included in the category, 'Roman Catholic vestments'. Catholic clergy do not bear sceptres. Roman Catholic bishops carry episcopal staffs or croziers. A pope may carry a staff with a cross on it. It is technically incorrect to refer to them as sceptres.
Functionality of the Sceptre
Maces are not Sceptres
While there might be very early, even pre-historic, common ptoto-type for both the mace and the sceptre, they have very different histories and ceremonial significance. First the Sceptre is always carried by the actual sovereign or his consort as a symbol of their royal authority, whereas the ceremonial mace, which originally were simply clubs used by those protecting the royal persons, are carried by their defenders or others charged with maintaining public order, e.g., a sergant-at-arms. The only real exception might be the ceremonial clubs carried by the Transylvanian and Croatian viceroys, the 'vojvodas' and 'bans', which are effectively sceptres, and even were the models for the Romanian Sceptre. Even when a ceremonial mace represents the Sovereign or rather the authority of the Crown--as in the Commonwealth parliements--neither the Sovereign or the Governor General ever carry it.
Sceptres have never formed a part of the insignia of popes or bishops, so why would they be included in the latter category? Crosiers and walking sticks are not sceptres in either form or function.18.104.22.168 (talk) 05:58, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
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