Keeping up appearances.
The stories, the discussions online are really fascinating in many ways - they are also pretty nasty in some cases. I suppose the 'liberals' as Fr. Z calls them may be the worst - or most vindictive. Of course the anti-papists can be pretty mean spirited as well. But I have to say, I read what the Pope says in his homilies and at the audiences and he is teaching the Gospel. He's not changing doctrine, and he's not saying a word against Cardinal Burke. Everyone else is busy doing that - filling in the blanks, as it were.
Fr. Z asks today why the 'liberals' throw a spittle flecked nutty over the cappa magna. Personally I think this is the only reason why the Cardinal was 'demoted' - remember what the Pope said after he was elected and they were trying to get him all dressed up: "Carnival is over". No fancy clothes - ever. But I digress.
"If you dress down for the poor,
they won't respect you." - Imelda Marcos
It's about perception...
I'm a little surprised Fr. Z asks why 'liberals' hate the cappa so much. He knows the answer. It is considered pre-Vatican II. It isn't just the cappa magna - it's the buskins, the slippers, the galero, the ermine, the gloves - OMG! The gloves! The heavy embroidery... Clothes reserved only for bishops - whith servers needed to hold up, carry, and then arrange. Clothing reserved, exclusively, and by privilege. Clothing worn in the long procession, with great pomp and solemnity; the drama, the symbolism in our day reserved for the coronations of monarchs. Courtly attire: It's just so un-Marxist.
So anyway. What will become of Cardinal Burke?
Jesus said to Peter, “... What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” - John 21:22That is all I can do too. It is all I want to do.
It's what I did when I first returned to the Church.
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
Song for this post here.