Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Post-Synodal Apostolic Guessing Game

OK, now that the Synod Fathers have gone home to do the work of an evangelist (tut-tut), discussion in Rome has turned to more important matters.

As an example, with All Saints' Day -- the traditional beginning of ecclesiastical winter -- just around the corner, the buzzing has begun as to whether B16 will return to the use of the camauro. If you don't know what the camauro is, it's the fur-lined thing on Good Blessed Pope John's head on the right. He absolutely loved the thing, he's even buried in it.

John Paul the Magnificent hated anything wintery because it got him too hot. John Paul I never got to wear anything wintery as he reigned but for a September. Povera chiesa.

A friend the other day passed along a Roman tale that the SCV ("Stato della Citta' dal Vaticano" -- Italian for "State of Vatican City") on the Holy See's license plates really meant "Se Cristo Vedesse" -- "If only Christ saw this."

God love my countrymen, for they have seen everything.

You know, if I had my pick between the camauro and the ermine-lined mozzetta, modelled here by the Servant of God Paul VI (whatta Pope!), I'd pick the latter. The winter mozz is regal, the camauro's just... something.

Whatever the case, word's come 'round the campfire that this Pope's vesture choices will not be executed by the traditional atelier of the Popes.

That's right, people -- Papa Ratzi ha smesso i Gammarelli.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Lauren said...

Santa Claus!!!

Okay I'm going to hell now ...

25/10/05 20:39  
Blogger GregY said...

Good grief, Rocco, I wonder how you dig these old pics up? I'd have to vote for the latter as well, and can't imagine this Pope taking the former.

25/10/05 22:16  
Blogger Barry Manilow said...

In her latter days, when Lola would visit the Copa, where she used to be a showgirl

[but that was thirty years ago
when they used to have a show;
now it's a disco,
but not for Lola]

in the winter months (hottest spot north of Havana or NOT - it gets COLD in New York!) she would wear something like that hat in the first picture,

and yet, her winter boa was not unlike that comfy cape in the second picture.

Will the seminary visitation committee be looking in closets (pardon the pun) ????

25/10/05 23:39  
Blogger Flambeaux said...

Yes, Barry.

No seminarian, no matter how ultramontane, should EVER have possession, on seminary grounds, of an ermine-trimmed mozetta. Or a mozetta of any sort, for that matter.

Although I suspect a camauro, black and trimmed in sable, might pass muster. It wouldn't arrogate to an humble seminarian the dignity of prelatial vesture.

26/10/05 10:18  
Blogger invocante said...

Even in J23's time the camauro was obselete it was specially revived by that pontiff because he was bald and needed to keep his head warm.

26/10/05 11:00  
Blogger John Hearn said...

I suppose that camauros are a surviving bit of head gear from the days before central heating when cold drafts abounded in huge stone buildings. I remember reading in CS Lewis's "The Romance of the Rose" that it used to be customary for a servant to give visitors to a castle extra warm things to put on upon entering it.

26/10/05 15:07  
Blogger pazdziernik said...

Pope Paul VI is now "Venerable." Why demote him to "Servant of God?"

27/10/05 00:55  
Blogger Marco, Trumphalistic Papist said...

And I want to know, when are the fanon and falda going to make a come back? The camauro looks way too itchy.

27/10/05 23:13  
Blogger Fungulo said...

Let's take it one pontificate at a time.

Memo to the screaming seminarians from the Piazza San Pietro on April 19:

All that's important is that THEY ARE NOT COMING BACK DURING THIS ONE!

28/10/05 03:48  
Blogger joe said...

Now, the camauro is there...
Well done!

21/12/05 16:33  

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