Friday, December 29, 2017

Fellini-esque ... a sort of photo essay.













I saw a photo of a Cardinal in an ermine lined cappa magna on the steps of a church in Florence on Christmas Eve and for some reason Fellini immediately came to mind, as well as vintage glamour shots from Cannes.  The photos of the Cardinal can be found on a site called 'Regina Magazine' and can't be shared independently online.  The one shot of the Cardinal with the aspergillum blessing the street is especially dramatic - the magazine copy says onlookers were 'stunned'.

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  1. Nobody expects Cardinals meandering
    the streets. What?

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  2. Cardinal Burke must have a very large laundry bill. He is popping up everywhere in that garb.

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  4. wallacehamilton11:22 PM
    Cardinal Burke must have huge laundry bill. He is popping up on two continents with that long long cape.

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    1. For all we know, he has separate wardrobes at the Shrine and in Rome.

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    2. Aloysius explains it for us. By the same token he is invited by the communities who most likely pay his expenses. My real point here is that it was explained to me once that the meaning behind the cappa magna entrance, with the changing into liturgical garments at the throne, represents casting aside worldly honors and vanities - which in modern times is maybe best manifested by glamorous celebrities chased by the paparazzi. At least, at first glance, the photo in Regina reminded me of these things. It's a great shot that I maybe would like to paint.

      Anyway - I wish they wouldn't use ermine - they could go to faux fur by now I would think.

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  5. What you might not realize is that Cardinal Burke does not own these items. In fact, he lives very simply and for the most part out of a suitcase (I've seen him in cassocks that had patches and were well worn). These items are owned by the religious orders he visits, and are probably quite old and not new.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know that.

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