insensitivity toward the 3rd World

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 20, 2005

Do you have, or can you find, a picture of Pope Benedict XVI, raising his arms on the loggia of St. Peter's, acknowledging the cheers of the crowd?

Look at that picture. Study it carefully. Do you see what I see?

Oh, the horror! Oh, the shame! Oh, the obvious lack of sympathy for the suffering poor people of the underdeveloped countries!

Look at it. Look at it!

Now to be fair, when he got dressed in the morning, Cardinal Ratzinger didn't necessarily know that he would be proclaimed as Successor to Peter before he had a chance to change his clothes. Still.. When was the last time you saw a Prince of the Church not wearing cufflinks!!

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  • Posted by: Fr T (UK) - Apr. 23, 2005 7:19 AM ET USA

    I see he's back in cufflinks today - and had a haircut - (his audience with journalists). Maybe he'd run out of clean double-cuffed shirts by the time of the Conclave. It happens to the best of us!

  • Posted by: Fr T (UK) - Apr. 22, 2005 2:43 AM ET USA

    Gosh, as a wearer of (simple, inexpensive) links myself - and one who starches his own cuffs - I really can't see what all the fuss is about. They look smart! Perhaps HH simply prefers to button up.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 21, 2005 6:33 PM ET USA

    I used to wear cufflinks before my retirement to lend myself an air of gravitas, as when I was making a speech and wanted to impress people with my 6'4" stature, neatly pressed suit and French cuffs, because I was afraid what I had to say might not impress much. I wear them occasionally now, because my wife has given me some expensive ones over the years and she likes to see me in them (though on most days I don't even wear a tie). Neither of those excuses should apply to a cardinal.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 21, 2005 9:37 AM ET USA

    As someone who has to wear cufflinks in the secular world (when appropriate) I've always found cufflinks worn by senior clergy a bit of a sore point. Not, of course, that they shouldn't wear them, but, that it should be tailored to the occassion. 50 years ago everyone wore cufflinks, because ye old plastic buttons on shirt cuffs weren't the norm for men, but, today, they carry a different connotation. If certain clergy spent as much time on doctrine as sartorial splendor, life would be better.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 21, 2005 8:22 AM ET USA

    Diogenes - His Holiness was a German Cardinal. Perhaps he didn't want to wear French cuffs???

  • Posted by: - Apr. 20, 2005 8:09 PM ET USA

    Back in November 1982, I helped to organize an ecumenical group to meet with our new Archbishop of Chicago, Joseph (aka "Brother Joseph" Bernardin). Almost the first thing that I noticed about him was that he was impeccably dressed with perfectly starched cuffs and expensive cufflinks. I never forgot that meeting because of his starched cuffs and the links. But I forgot most of what he said, other than to imply that while all of us are brothers, some of us are bigger brothers than others.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Apr. 20, 2005 7:28 PM ET USA

    You are good, Diogenes. Very good. I hope that others either noticed this as well... or at least read your blog. Thank you!