by Anura Guruge
Given that I had talked about the cardinals’ rings quite a bit prior to the February 18, 2012 consistory, I had not thought it would be necessary for me to go over the same ground again — other than to mention, in passing, that as in the February consistory the rings would be given out with the ‘red‘ hats on the Saturday.
But, then on Sunday I got an e-mail, from a valued contributor, who talked about the gemstone in the rings given to the cardinals! I was shocked. They had stopped the gemstones, traditionally sapphires, as of 1976 — as had been noted in my earlier posts. I went and double checked no gemstones.
It appears that the TV commentator, probably overcome by the incense, said that the star in the ring was a gemstone. Balderdash. No gemstone. Period.
by Anura Guruge
1. Gracious In Victory, I Say THANK YOU To The U.S. Bishops For Their Prayers — Nov. 7, 2012.
2. CNN: Catholic Bishops’ Election Behavior Threatens Their Authority … — Nov. 8, 2012.
3. A Confused Dolan, In Defeat, Stresses The Failings And Sins Of the U.S. Catholic Bishops — Nov. 13, 2012.
4. David ‘Go To Hell’ Ricken, Though In Hiding After His Hiding, Starts To Feel The Heat — Nov. 28, 2012.
The timing, just 19 days after the abject humiliation, could not have been more obvious. It was ‘sour grapes‘ at its most poignant. It was a call for full scale retreat.
The pope and the U.S. bishops should NOT have dabbled in presidential politics in the first place — especially if they did not have buy-in from above that they were definitely going to win.
Now it is Eggs Benedict all over again, all over the place. Though the pope, given his age and infirmities may have already forgotten about it, let us not forget that the pope himself got involved. Urged the hapless U.S. bishops.
Now they have to face the consequences, pope’s homily notwithstanding. The pope claims to be ‘The Vicar Of Christ‘ (effectively Christ’s Ambassador on earth) and the U.S. Bishops cling to their Apostolic Succession (despite its holes). C’est la vie. I will, in my own way, contend that the sinner Bill Clinton had more sway over the electorate than the Pope and his U.S. bishops. Think about it.
The old pope forgets that the Internet unlike his fading memory does NOT forget.
Last related posts:
>> Indian Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Created November 24, Did Not Get A ‘Red Hat’ — Nov. 26, 2012.
>> Cardinal Patriarchs: More Background By Edward T.S. … — Nov. 08, 2012.
>> Titles & Deaconry Assigned To The November 24, 2012 New Cardinals … — Nov. 25, 2012.
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For video of the November 24, 2012 cardinal creating consistory check out this post.
That Indian Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of the of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church walked away with a rather dapper and imposing turban like contraption with a gold cross on the top has now been discussed quite a bit, with ‘Kenny L.’ providing links to another discussion forum. Having studied this turban thing for a few days, and obviously having first hand experience of such matters, I am now convinced that this is a cleverly disguised and very ingenious Indian ‘dabba‘ — i.e., tiffin carrier. The red top part, surmounted by the cross lifts up — the cross serving as the handle. Inside is an insulated tiffin carrier for the cardinals chappati and dahl. This way he always has access to a snack even when he is stuck at the Vatican. I have to assumed that $20K Dolan is bummed. He wants one too — but bigger.
Well we expected that the Cardinal Patriarch would be different, and he did not disappoint. He, like the Indian, came up to the pope with native headgear in place — to obviate the possibility that one of Marini’s men would not stick a red zucchetto on their head. So, the Cardinal Patriarch, like the Syro-Malankaran, did not get a red hat or a traditional red biretta; neither did he get a disguised tiffin carrier. Instead he got a red turbanish thing of sorts, like a red salad bowl — which did look very middle eastern. Maybe it can be used as an eating utensil.
A good ‘ABC News’ article about the stamps …
Another sterling contribution by my compatriot, ‘Kenny L.‘
Kenny was busy on Sunday helping me out, post consistory.
Sent me a bunch of links, this being one of them. Three of the others already posted in prior posts.
I am indebted to my compatriot, ‘Kenny L.‘, who is closely associated with at least one cardinal and a number of Archbishops, for sending me this link.
Last related Paddy post:
>> Irish Paddy Power (Out Of Touch) Still Betting On A Black Pope — Sept. 11, 2012.
It is actually owned by a ‘Paddy‘. How classic. Still has the papal insignia on it. I can just see it rocking on it springs. Oh, la, la. What fun. I wonder how many folks are going around claiming ‘we did it in the Popemobile‘. You could have a whole new club, even more exclusive than the ‘Mile High‘. It still has the arm chair used by the pope. [Stop smiling. This is not funny.]
If you can ‘establish’ membership please do not hesitate in contacting me (>>>) and I will act as honorary (yet to be inducted) Prefect of the club and start a register.