Throughout history, anti-Catholicism and anti-clericalism has specifically targeted the cassock for a great share of its fear and hatred.
In some places the cassock could get you killed.
Today as the Amazon Synod opens – during which we fully expect open attacks on the priesthood – the first thing the head of the meeting, Card. Baldisseri, announced is that the cassock is optional for the members.
The fools applauded.
Innovation at #SinodoAmazonico: Cardinal Baldisseri announces that beginning with this afternoon’s session, members of the synod may wear clerical suits rather than their cassocks/soutanes. Applause follows. pic.twitter.com/YEyK3wv7wR
— Cindy Wooden (@Cindy_Wooden) October 7, 2019
I’m going to call my tailor here in Rome and have him make me an extra. Pitch in.
I am no cassock fanatic. Suits have their place.
But this is not just a meeting of the guys after work at the local pub.
Or, since its probably rigged from top to bottom, maybe it is.
Since outcomes are going to be predetermined, why not dispense with the cassock? It’s symbolic of how serious the “walking together” really is.
To hell with decorum. Why not come in highly symbolic flip-flops? The Jesuits will be on board.
During his address to the Synod, Francis actually said this. He said that he heard a light remark about someone bringing gifts to the altar with feathers on his head (never mind that it’s in St Peter’s, not a jungle) and that made him “sad”.
NOW Francis is “sad” if some makes fun of a headdress when HE did exactly that on more than one occasion.
Then he went on.
“[W]hat is the difference between this headdress, and the biretta used by officials of this dicastery?”
And those sycophantic bishops applauded.
Those members were chosen for a reason. It’s like the Supreme Pueblo’s Assembly.
If they don’t know the difference between a pagan headdress and a biretta, then there is little hope for them.
There are “issues” here, my friends. “Issues” underlying this obsession to ridicule our heritage.