YOU NEVER SEE A CARDINAL ON A BIKE

This is fecking obscene.

From ANI:

As recession continues to bite in Italy, the tailor to the Pope since 1798 was all smiles at the weekend with news that the Vatican had come shopping. With six newly created "global" cardinals, who will still have to be kitted out in traditional style, Gammarelli began work on kitting out six newly-elected cardinals from the United States, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, Lebanon and Colombia.

A pair of cassocks - one red and one black - costs around 1,500 euros. Then there are red mozzetta hoods at 200 euros a pop; three-pointed hats at 100 euros, zucchetto skull caps and special red socks, as well as a fascia or sash at 120 euros. While an order worth several thousand euros might mean a lot for a family business in the middle of a recession, the bill won't cause much concern at the Vatican. Proceeds have been falling of late as the number of the faithful dwindles, but the Catholic Church still has very deep pockets - underlined by the voluntary donations of 800m pounds it receives from Italian taxpayers each year.

And this is hypocritical tosh. Plain and simple.

From ASSOCIATED PRESS:

Pope Benedict XVI has told his six new cardinals to resist the allure of power and instead be like Jesus and focus their work on spreading the Christian faith. Benedict told his new collaborators that Jesus had no political ambitions.

He said: "To be like Jesus, then, means not letting ourselves be allured by the worldly logic of power, but bringing into the world the light of truth and God's love."

Comments

YOU NEVER SEE A CARDINAL ON A BIKE — 4 Comments

  1. I don’t believe Jesus had deep pockets. In fact it’s likely he had no pockets at all.

    If they’re going to act like Jesus perhaps they should dress and live like him as well.

    The Hindu Gandhi lived more like Jesus than than most Christian clerics; especially the high level ones.

  2. Wouldn’t they already have a black cassock? And why should any cassock be 750 Euros ($972 or £606)?

    There are no Wal-Marts in Italy.

  3. “three-pointed hats at 100 euros”

    I saw this service (for the new cardinals, on EWTN). The cardinals from Lebanon and India received, respectively, a red pillbox/crown thingie, and a black&red one. Very Oriental.