Thank you all for your thoughtful responses.
To NotWorthy: I thought in a similar vein when I heard that he was a Bishop in Brazil, since the Brazilian flag has green, yellow and dark blue in it. I could theoretically explain the red as the blood of Christ, but I was left puzzled at the light blue lines.
To KarenNC: I actually may wind up taking this question to the Diocese of Criciuma in Santa Catarina, but since my Portuguese isn’t my first (or my strongest) language, I thought I’d rack the brains of the English-speaking folk first.
To Wolseley: Now that you mention the possibility of the lines coming from liturgical colors, that actually makes a lot of sense. Perhaps in Brazil, they have slightly different color schemes. I honestly don’t know. Black Knight also mentioned the possibility of the lines signifying some sort of EKG reading or a heartbeat in general. I’ll keep this in mind, should I need to go to the Diocese for a definitive answer.
To I Leatherman: The Bishop did speak at length about Hell *(…something that is often missing from the Sunday Mass that I attend). * While it would seem odd to want to wear anything signifying Satan, maybe the Mitre somehow signifies Satan’s defeat by Jesus at the cross. Granted, it may be a long shot.
To Bruised Reed: I don’t know. The lines just don’t seem all that random to not mean anything. One thing I’ve come to learn is that pretty much everything worn by members of the clergy means something and I’ve found some of the explanations to be fascinating. Having never met a Bishop before, I was more than intrigued by his Mitre design.
To Black Knight: Again, it seems like quite an intricate and deliberate design, so I’m hesitant to write it off as not meaning anything (…aside from the cross, of course). This answer I seek is more for my own desire to understand more about the symbolism used in Catholic designs. It won’t affect my faith one way or another, but it’s like a pebble in my shoe. I’ll never fully be able to let this go until I find out, you know?
To Evan: WOW! That was a well thought out explanation *(…and certainly better than anything **I ***was able to come up with). I will see if this is, in fact, correct if the need arises to contact the Diocese. It certainly seems to make the most sense and if that is, in fact, the answer, I’d be particularly impressed with the thought that was put into the design of the Bishop’s Mitre.
To Gottle of Geer: At one point, it also looked like a bat to me believe it or not. Of course, it would make zero sense if that were, in fact, the idea behind the design. :rolleyes:
To lepanto: My wife actually agrees with you. She dismissed it as a funky design to avoid otherwise controversial designs that would stir up anti-Catholic sentiment. She also told me not to read all that much into it, but given the nature of Catholicism and knowing that everything means something, it’s hard for me to just write it off as nothing but a poorly designed logo or something.
If anybody else has any ideas, please let me know. Thank you again for taking the time to help me figure this one out.