Friday, December 09, 2005

On Mozettas

Reading Rocco's reaction to the ermine mozetta:
That sound you hear is the jubilation of church queens around the world, who've been calling my phone since the visuals of the traditional papal visit to the statue of the Immaculate Conception at the foot of the Spanish Steps -- where Popes have come for prayer and wreath-laying since time immemorial on 8 December -- first emerged earlier this morning.
I have to ask why so many 'church queens' have his phone number and why he's trying so hard to alienate them.
Anyway, I'm sure you don't need to be a 'church queen' to appreciate Don Jim Tucker's homage to the mozetta.
Also, after checking through Margherita Marchione's 'Pio XII Attraverso le Immagini' I managed to turn up this shot (click the pic to enlarge) of Pius XII wearing his self-designed ermine shoulder-cape. (Apologies for previously describing this as a mozetta, it's not.) Thanks to Adam in the comments box who inspired the search.

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