UPDATE 15 Sept:
Fr. Hunwicke has added tuppence.
In Mozambique Francis said Mass wearing a chasuble with leopard skin gallons.
A close look at large photos suggests that it is the real thing: the fur of a dead leopard worn during a public liturgical rite.
Hence, the signer of Laudato sì wore the skin of an endangered species in public, in a clear approbation of the killing and skining of leopards.
Of course if it’s fake leopard skin… that’s almost worse, for obvious reasons.
At least it wasn’t a wolf skin.
Will we now see the Fishwrap types praise Card. Burke when he submits to wearing ermine (i.e., fur of an animal)?
You can hear the libs minds grinding.
“But… but… but…”, sputter the libs, “It’s not Francis’ fault! No, wait. There’s nothing wrong with it because it’s, you know, cultural. Endangered is such a slippery term. Maybe leopards are a nuisance there! Maybe.. no… wait, I don’t mean that these beautiful creatures who have more right to live in Africa than people do are… no, ummm… I don’t want you to think I’m speciesist or racist! Only conservatives are racists! No, the leopard thing… ha ha!… well… you know, they in their un-racist simplicity put it out there for him to wear and so he wore it. If Africans shouldn’t tell Synod Fathers what to say, then we shouldn’t tell them what to wear! Right? After all… Vatican II! So, he is just… you know… so humble he just put it on. Card. Burke, however, when he puts on things people put out for him to wear is being arrogant and oppressive. He hates animals and … HE HATES VATICAN II!”
In any event, it is good to know that the use of the fur of animals is in vogue again.
A reader sent me this.