Exactly two years ago, December 25th, His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated the First Holy Mass of Christmas and he wore the fanon, hated by liberals and the ungodly, adored and elevated to a relic worthy of reverence by Katholic Krazies, and just not understood nor really cared about at all, by the rest of us.
Perhaps when Georg and Guido were in the closet, they found one stashed away under the boxes storing the ostrich plume flabellum. (If you think the fanon is ridiculous, the flabellum will... well, you know, make you totally bat crap Mundy, as we say around here.)
Some believe Hard Identity Catholicism means faithfulness to the message of Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate, and the teachings of the Councils (even Vatican II) while others insist that it means restoring obscure liturgical gestures and tchotchkes. Father D thinks that if the liturgical use of the fanon by Pope Francis will help anyone practice the the mercy and healing examples of our Lord Jesus as He demonstrated in the Gospels, by all means!
Bring. It. On.
Of course, we might ask ourselves, what did Father really mean by that? ALWAYS follow the example of each Pope? Or did he only intend us to follow Pope Benedict XVI? If that is the case, shouldn't Zzz be retired to an old convent? No matter, I guess! As I've written before, each Pope has given the Church something She was in need of. Extremists will always take things too far one way or the other. The rest of us just have to carry on the best we are able, always thankful for the example of the successor of Saint Peter. And, of course, thankful for the reminder given us by Father Zed.
In fact, what a great time to THANK FATHER Z with a Christmas Card! YES! Please, right now, send our dear
Reverend John Zuhlsdorf
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