Oh dear…you are closer to reality than you think. A priest of my acquaintance was friendly with a number of elderly church ladies, one of whom was a major donor to the Archdiocese of New York back in the 1950’s and 60’s while Cardinal Spellman was Abp. of New York. Invited to the Powerhouse (the Cardinal’s residence on Madison Avenue between 50th and 51st) for lunch, after dining His Eminence invited her to his dressing room to admire some new togs he’d gotten, after which he told her, “I’m going to show you something that only the housekeeping nuns have ever seen.” and opened a drawer to show her the archiepiscopal boxer shorts, each of which had a drawstring of brightest red ribbon.
I swear on my parents’ graves that this is true.
How revealing of the Cardinal!! I’m sure that little dash of red was all it took to get another large donation from the lady!!