Saturday, March 30, 2013


One commenter over at Zzzz's blog stated that if the Holy Father did not wear the red mozzetta for Good Friday, "all bets are off."

Guess what?
Continuing his preference for simplicity, Pope Francis wore only his white cassock during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.  Also worthy of note, his liturgical assistants wore only simple black cassocks.  Who knew that Don Guido still owned a plain black cassock
NOTE OF CORRECTION:Thanks to one of my astute readers who pointed out that Monsignor Marini is "clearly wearing his house cassock." 
I am delighted that I have such attentive readers who are honed in on the most important of details.  From the above photo it is not obvious that the Monsignor was wearing his house cassock. However, from the television feed it is very clear.  It's been a busy week. I have not been able to watch all of the papal celebrations in real time.  My several friends who were able to do so only focused on the message of the services not on the ecclesiastical  haberdashery.  Shame on them!  I clearly need a higher caliber of friends.

TOPSHOTS This handout picture released b

This one is pretty good from the Guardian
Pontiff shocks devotees by washing women's feet, prompting some to question whether he may consider ordaining women.
Really? What are they smoking that is making them that paranoid?  And they worry about the liberal pot smokin' hippies? 

This takes the cake

I'm just going to highlight some of the choice gems.

One of the most-read traditionalist blogs, "Rorate Caeli," reacted to the foot-washing ceremony by declaring the death of Benedict's eight-year project to correct what he considered the botched interpretations of the Second Vatican Council's modernizing reforms.

 The inclusion of women in the rite is problematic for some because it could be seen as an opening of sorts to women's ordination. The Catholic Church restricts the priesthood to men, arguing that Jesus and his 12 apostles were male.

Francis is clearly opposed to women's ordination. But by washing the feet of women, he jolted traditionalists who for years have been unbending in insisting that the ritual is for men only and proudly holding up as evidence documentation from the Vatican's liturgy office saying so.

"If someone is washing the feet of any females ... he is in violation of the Holy Thursday rubrics," Peters wrote in a 2006 article that he reposted earlier this month on his blog.

In the face of the pope doing that very thing, Peters — like many conservative and traditionalist commentators — have found themselves trying to put the best face on a situation they don't like lest they be openly voicing dissent with the pope.
By Thursday evening, Peters was saying that Francis had merely "disregarded" the law — not violated it.Nice back paddling Ed!

The Rev. John Zuhlsdorf, a traditionalist blogger who has never shied from picking fights with priests, bishops or cardinals when it concerns liturgical abuses, had to measure his comments when the purported abuser was the pope himself.
"Before liberals and traditionalists both have a spittle-flecked nutty, each for their own reasons, try to figure out what he is trying to do," Zuhlsdorf wrote.

But, in characteristic form, he added: "What liberals forget in their present crowing is that even as Francis makes himself — and the church — more popular by projecting (a) compassionate image, he will simultaneously make it harder for them to criticize him when he reaffirms the doctrinal points they want him to overturn."


  1. Msgr. Marini didn't wear a "plain black cassock." He is clearly wearing his house cassock.

    1. Mea maxima culpa! You are indeed correct.
      I have made the correction.