Sunday, March 12, 2006

Photos of the Month (03/2006)

Guess what: I will present four photos now that do not show a Cappa Magna (gasp!).

But: You still get the train... Okay, the train-ette.

I always thought that if the Church really wanted to give those "Jesus didn't do this and that"-people their money's worth, she should strongly consider to bring back the prelate's cassocks with the small trains in the back.

You were able to attach the train to the back of the cassock with a hook so it was extendible when needed. Of course I love these mini-trains, but I always thought it looked kind of strange to see them carried by a "caudatarius minor", walking 10 centimeters behind a mitred bishop. Just let them trail on the ground, guys! Sure, they will take up dust and dirt this way, but this is about making an effort in beauty and festivity for Christ, not about not getting your hands or trains dirty.

Here are the photos:

"But where's the train?" Exactly! It's somewhere between who I think is Giovanni Panico, apostolic delegate to Australia, and the half-hidden kid in black right behind him. If you look at the shadow's direction, you can sort of imagine it.

Aaaah! Thaaaaat's better! Here you can actually see something. As I said: It looks strange when the train gets carried.

Cardinal Farley with mantelletta and a cheeky mini-train peeping around the corner

This guy looks a little young for a cardinal. He probably is a model, wearing what I hereby solemnly proclaim the "Prelate Gear Supreme (if you don't count the Cappa Magna)". Ah, it is such fun to imagine the steaming moral indignation of the "Destroy what you don't understand"-Church-Queen-haters ("Church-Queen" is TM by somebody else, I am merely quoting).


Anonymous Voraussetzungslosigkeit said...

I'm not being pedantic and all, but technically this isn't a cappa magna right? This is the train of the cardinal's choir cassock let down before it was lopped off by Paul VI (of eternal memory) for good.

9:09 AM  
Blogger leo said...

You're not being pedantic, you are merely confirming what I wrote in the first sentence of this entry:
"Guess what: I will present four photos now that do not show a Cappa Magna."

8:18 AM  
Blogger abba Hilarion said...

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2:25 AM  
Blogger abba Hilarion said...

It is told to us that abba Hilarion once saw a photo of abp. Lefebvre with watered silk and wondered as well, but it was explained to him that watered silk was also permissible for prelates who were apostolic delegates with direct supervision by the Holy See (as indeed, for instance abp. Lefebvre was in Dakar). I have told you this for your spiritual benefit.

2:26 AM  

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