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The secrets of the Pope’s shoes
National Post ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Jane Macdougall

Posted on 02/26/2013 12:31:37 PM PST by Alex Murphy

Have you ever noticed the Pope’s shoes? How could you not? They’re red. Not ox blood, Tuscan or wine red, but radiantly Dorothy-in-Oz red. There’s a lot of information in those shoes.

For a while, a story circulated that the Milanese fashion house Prada was supplying the Pope’s footwear. L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s daily bugle, set this matter right back in 2007, thereby quashing the already tired Devil Wears Prada jokes. The Pope’s shoes are handmade by one Adriano Stefanelli, a custom cobbler in northwestern Italy, and they’re pretty spiffy. Apparently, papal infallibility extends to this pope’s unerring fashion sense. In 2007, Benedict XVI earned Esquire magazine’s Accessorizer of the Year award.

[SNIP]

Benedict’s ruby-red shoes won’t take him back to Kansas, of course, but in their own way, they took the arch traditionalist back in time. Prior to being elected to the top job in the Catholic Church, he headed the congregation whose purpose is to promote and safeguard the doctrine of Catholic faith and morality. In an earlier time, this office was called the Inquisition.

[SNIP]

Not long ago, if you had an audience with the Pope, you’d have been expected to kiss his feet. The shoes used to have a large embroidered cross on them, a sort of “Kiss Here’ target, I suppose. Paul VI (1963- 1978) decided to dispense with routine shoe-kissing.

Today, the faithful kiss only the Pope’s ring, the Ring of the Fisherman, showing St. Peter — the fisher of men — casting a net. Normally, this ring is destroyed with a hammer upon the death of the Pope. The word now is that shortly after his abdication at 8 p.m. Central European Time on Feb. 28, Benedict’s Fisherman’s Ring will be destroyed.

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For a while, a story circulated that the Milanese fashion house Prada was supplying the Pope’s footwear. L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s daily bugle, set this matter right back in 2007, thereby quashing the already tired Devil Wears Prada jokes. The Pope’s shoes are handmade by one Adriano Stefanelli, a custom cobbler in northwestern Italy, and they’re pretty spiffy. Apparently, papal infallibility extends to this pope’s unerring fashion sense. In 2007, Benedict XVI earned Esquire magazine’s Accessorizer of the Year award....

....Today, the faithful kiss only the Pope’s ring, the Ring of the Fisherman, showing St. Peter — the fisher of men — casting a net. Normally, this ring is destroyed with a hammer upon the death of the Pope. The word now is that shortly after his abdication at 8 p.m. Central European Time on Feb. 28, Benedict’s Fisherman’s Ring will be destroyed.

1 posted on 02/26/2013 12:31:44 PM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

Suddenly I have a whole new appreciation for why Jesus wore sandals.


2 posted on 02/26/2013 12:34:42 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Alex Murphy

Thanks for this info. I’ve been laying awake at night thinking about this. I’m sure the Catholics will weigh in on the significance of this and bless us with their insight. The shoes are a really big thing with me. No, I take it back (in a bi-polar moment) I could not care less about the shoes. Ignore what I wrote at the beginning. I sleep fine (snore a little) and have not been worrying about this.


3 posted on 02/26/2013 12:37:42 PM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Choose your Pope!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CrzfbbgJu8M


4 posted on 02/26/2013 12:48:53 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Alex Murphy
You don't want to be caught dead in any other shoes!

The corpse of pope Paul XXIII
5 posted on 02/26/2013 12:53:53 PM PST by TSgt (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.)
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To: TSgt

A big difference between the Pope and The King?

Blue suede shoes!


6 posted on 02/26/2013 1:27:44 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Never understood why a Pope lived like a king, while supposedly caring for the poor.


8 posted on 02/26/2013 1:42:31 PM PST by bicyclerepair (Zombies Eat Brains. Half of FL is safe.)
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To: Alex Murphy
That's some crazy shoes:

9 posted on 02/26/2013 1:45:12 PM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: All

http://www.ewtn.com/


10 posted on 02/26/2013 1:49:56 PM PST by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obama's Socialist Agenda)
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To: BipolarBob
I’m sure the Catholics will weigh in on the significance

Seems it's just very few non-Catholics obsessing over the shoes. My only comment is it's good he gets to choose some comfortable ones in his retirement.

11 posted on 02/26/2013 1:52:30 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: bicyclerepair

Judas didn’t understand why Jesus allowed the woman to “waste” that expensive perfume on him either.


12 posted on 02/26/2013 2:13:52 PM PST by tiki
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To: null and void

Oh, I used to be disgusted
Now I try to be amused
But since their wings have got rusted
You know the angels wanna wear my red shoes

But when they told me ‘bout their side of the bargain
That’s when I knew that I could not refuse
And I won’t get any older
Now the angels wanna wear my red shoes

I was watching while you’re dancing away
Our love got fractured in the echo and sway
How come everybody wants to be your friend?
You know that it still hurts me just to say it

Oh, I know that she’s disgusted
(Oh, why is that?)
‘Cause she’s feeling so abused
(Oh, that’s too sad)

She gets tired of the lust
(Oh, I’m so sad)
But it’s so hard to refuse
How can you say that I’m too old
When the angels have stolen my red shoes?

Oh, I said, “I’m so happy I could die”
She said, “Drop dead” then left with another guy
That’s what you get if you go chasing after vengeance
Ever since you got me punctured this has been my sentence

Oh, I used to be disgusted
And now I try to be amused
Since their wings have got rusted
You know the angels wanna wear my red shoes

But when they told me ‘bout their side of the bargain
That’s when I knew that I could not refuse
And I won’t get any older
Now the angels wanna wear my red shoes
And I won’t get any older
Now the angels wanna wear my red shoes

Red shoes, the angels wanna wear my red shoes
Red shoes, the angels wanna wear my red shoes
Red shoes, the angels wanna wear my red shoes


13 posted on 02/26/2013 4:45:28 PM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: TSgt
"Paul XXIII"?

You might want to fact-check that.

14 posted on 02/26/2013 6:14:47 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("The Church of the Living God: the pillar and foundation of the truth." - 1 Tim 3:15)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Fact checked:

Pilgrims View Body of Pope John XXIII in New Coffin
Long line forms as visitors wait for glimpse of beloved pontiff’s see-through coffin.
http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Catholic/2001/06/Pilgrims-View-Body-Of-Pope-John-XXIII-In-New-Coffin.aspx


15 posted on 02/27/2013 4:41:11 AM PST by TSgt (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.)
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To: TSgt
I was referring to his name. It was Pope John XXII, not Pope "Paul" XXIII.
16 posted on 02/27/2013 5:54:50 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("The Church of the Living God: the pillar and foundation of the truth." - 1 Tim 3:15)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Whatever... It's still a dead human corpse on display.
17 posted on 02/27/2013 9:18:06 AM PST by TSgt (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.)
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To: TSgt
Yes, a dead human corpse. That's double plus true for sure. Until the resurrection of the body.

2 Kings 13:21
Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.

Sometimes the things God can do with dead human copses is downright amazing.

18 posted on 02/27/2013 9:49:59 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("The Church of the Living God: the pillar and foundation of the truth." - 1 Tim 3:15)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

God will absolutely transform the dead.

Get back to me when you find a verse about keeping a corpse on display for worshipers to ogle.

In the Christian Bible not a Satanic one. I’m sure there’s a verse or two in a Satanic Bible that covers such macabre and grisly activities.


19 posted on 02/27/2013 12:33:12 PM PST by TSgt (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.)
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To: TSgt
There's nothing wrong with respectfully displaying a body.

Good Christians at many times and in many cultures have customs which are not specifically commanded in the Bible, but are nevertheless harmonious with Biblical faith and morals. Your mistake, TSgt, is in assuming that if something is not explicitly mandated in Scripture, it is forbidden.

But we are at liberty to do many things which are compatible with our profession of faith, and yet not mandated in Scripture, including:

•Putting the dead body, embalmed and casketed, in a Funeral Home, even with viewing of the deceased, amidst floral arrangements, before burial or cremation.
•Newspaper obits, and even online obits.
•Holding burial services at all (find me that in the Bible)
•Putting up tombstones
•Putting images of crosses, or angels, or flowers, or any other element of sculptural art on those tombstones
•Cremation of the remains, and conserving the ashes in an urn
•Putting wreaths at a monument to the dead (e.g. the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier)
•Ceremonies involving the National Flag for fallen members of the Armed Forces

And why confine this discussion only to non-Biblically-mandated funeral customs? We do things year-in and year-out not mandated in Scriptures:

•calling a person by a title like "Reverend" or "Doctor" or "Pastor"
•making statues and paintings of people we admire
•Easter eggs; and the very word “Easter”
•Christmas trees and holly wreaths
•parades and pageants and processions
•cakes for birthdays (and candles on cakes)
•brides with wedding rings,
•wearing white, carrying bouquets and
•Wedding ceremonies themselves, which were not commanded, commended, not even mentioned in Scripture.

We are at liberty to do all these things, because everything in life doesn't have to be authorized by a "verse".

I approve treating the bodies of the dead with reverence.

I await the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

20 posted on 02/27/2013 2:15:52 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o
It is a stretch to compare long-term gawking of a corpse to a brief funeral layout.

Or the gawking at human remains.


In fact, when a body is too badly damaged the casket is closed out of respect.

Burials are mentioned in the Bible as early as Genesis 23.
21 posted on 02/28/2013 5:32:33 AM PST by TSgt (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.)
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To: TSgt
I was not equating these rituals point for point, but illustrating that a practice may be reverent and in harmony with Christian faith and morals, without being mandated explicitly by Scripture.

None of our modern funerary customs are mandated in Scripture; I don't think my conclusion can be coherently denied.

To make an even more general point, I would say our culture needs to recover a regard for the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit which will someday glorify Jesus Christ in the resurrection. The Catholic Church does not use motal remains as a sick display, but rather as a memento mori and a call to prayer.

An example would be the 16th-century Chapel of Bones in Portugal, created to encourage Christians to contemplate the transitory nature of life and think soberly of the Final Judgment and future life to come. A sign over the entrance reads, "Our bones that are here await yours."
22 posted on 02/28/2013 8:48:14 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He turn to you His countenance, and give you peace.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

My Lord is alive so I celebrate life not death. I also don’t need a rotting corpse to remind me that He is risen or to pray.

Your argument is invalid since my dispute is not with funerals but the perpetual display and adoration of corpses. If the soul and spirit are no longer with the body why adore the flesh? The Bible repeatedly refers to the flesh negatively.

Ritual has so overtaken the Catholic faith that it is given greater stature than simple biblical principals.

That’s the beauty of salvation, it’s so simple. No religion, church, ritual or intermediary is needed.


23 posted on 02/28/2013 9:52:45 AM PST by TSgt (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.)
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To: TSgt; don-o
You again are making incorrect assumptions about Catholicism.

First, you incorrectly assert that Catholics adore corpses, adore flesh. This is a falsehood: we adore God alone. He is the Supreme Being, the Creator of heaven and earth: He alone is adored.

Second, the respectful memorialization of a Christian's mortal remains is commended by the fact that the body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Even if a person is dead, his body retains that special dignity in that it was a dwelling place, and will again be a dwelling place, of Almighty God. No flesh is contemptible, certainly not since the Incarnation, when Jesus came in the flesh. The Word was made Flesh, and dwelt amongst us.

The Bible refers to many words paradoxically, both positively and negatively, For instance:

I could go on (and on and on) but my point is that words are often used in different senses. Sometimes "world" means fallen nature (bad); sometimes it means the material world which the Creator said was good. Sometimes "flesh" means fallen human nature (which includes the fallen mind), dominated by sinful passions (bad); and sometimes flesh means human nature in its special dignity because we were made by God in His image and likeness (Creation); because God became Man and took on our nature (Incarnation) and redeemed us, and because "the body is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body" (Redemption).

Read discerningly. God gives great dignity to our bodies, since He, "by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." (Philippians 3:21).

Thus we adore the Body of Christ, because Christ is God and God is to be adored; and we show reverence for the body of a human being, because the body itself will be transformed by Him.

24 posted on 02/28/2013 1:04:05 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He turn to you His countenance, and give you peace.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days. - Numbers 19:16

I follow Christ, the greatest Christian, and He wasn’t paraded around in a glass box after He was crucified.

This ghoulish and ritualistic behavior is non-biblical.

But hey, if that’s what floats your boat...


25 posted on 03/01/2013 5:48:59 AM PST by TSgt (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.)
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To: TSgt
There are (as I must say as I examine my own conscience) three principal sins against the good name of another: rash judgment, slander, and detraction. They differ somewhat from one another, but one thing they all have in common is this: a penchant for putting the worst interpretation upon someone else's words or deeds. It's choosing among possible explanations, and settling upon the one that casts blame and imputes some moral or spiritual fault.

This is what's happening here. Some Christian people have a custom intended to convey respect for the mortal remains of brothers or sisters in Christ, to encourage a sober consideration of human mortality, and to show forth a belief in the Resurrection through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

But a stranger to this custom, without a sympathetic insight, derides this as simply macabre and ghoulish, and frails to see a larger, better meaning even when it is explained.

This is a fault of rash judgment and, even, slander. It makes participation in further discussion futile, because there is no charitable sharing of perspectives.

Have a good Lent, TSgt.

26 posted on 03/01/2013 8:31:49 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He turn to you His countenance, and give you peace.)
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