Saturday, 15 December 2007

Papal Image Change?

The BBC is currently running an irritating story about Zeffirelli's recent suggestion that Pope Benedict needs a makeover of his 'cold' image and 'showy' clothes. When people talk about the Holy Father's 'showy lifestyle' I really don't know what they mean - just because he has restored some of the traditional parts of his wardrobe (most of which were worn by the 'great reformers' Bl John XXIII and Paul VI) and occasionally wears trendy sunglasses (which were probably a gift) apparently makes him extravagant and out-of-touch. Surely a plain white cassock, worn day-in, day-out, is the height of simplicity, especially when compared with other world leaders?

An image change would be confusing, unnecessary and potentially disastrous. Paul VI apparently considered replacing the white cassock with a 1970s-style all-white suit. He had one made and realised how ridiculous it would look. Deo gratias!

Anyway, shouldn't we be pleased that a twenty-first century Pope is willing to engage in a spot of recycling when it comes to personal attire (such as Bl Pius IX's mitre, which was worn at the recent consistory)?

Readers are encouraged to post a comment on the BBC website.

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Anonymous Rae Anne - Manila, Philippines said...

Dear Fr. Nicholas, Not only BBC carried that irritating story, but CNN did the same too. I turned off the TV when I saw the story in their headlines.

9:03 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha- the best comment was

"Lets face it, the pope looks like that because hes-worth it. After all he is the dude next to God"

2:14 am  
Blogger Hebdomadary said...

I thought Franco Zefferelli was dead. Perhaps it's he who needs the image makeover!

3:09 am  
Anonymous Fr. A. said...

Judging by the horrible costume choices made in Zeffirelli's films, he is not a man to be making judgments in such matters.

11:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing how much attention this story has had. Even the Daily Telegraph covered it. I don't believe it's true. Not only are Zeffirelli's comments objectionable but they fly in the face of the delight many Catholics have in seeing the Holy Father properly dressed and vested. I doubt if his suggestions will be heeded, if they were made in the first place.

7:37 pm  
Blogger A Simple Sinner said...

Franco Zefferelli should look so cool in Prada & designer shades! And the Mercedes Popemobile? Sweet ride!

Is that some jealousy I detect? Methinks it may be...

Give 'em heck, B-16 Bomber!

12:15 pm  

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