Pope Benedict XVI will give up his Swiss Guard protection, his Twitter account and even the name “Benedict” when he officially abdicates tomorrow. But judging by the Twitter chatter, the greatest loss of all may be his shoes.
The pope’s red leather loafers became something of a trademark during his time in office, landing Benedict in a few unexpected places — including the style pages of Esquire magazine, who named the pontiff “accessorizer of the year” in 2007. Several pairs were handmade by an artisan in the north of Italy who has also cobbled for John Paul II, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, writes Italy’s ANSA news; Antonio Arellano, a Roman cobbler, has also made shoes for the pope.
The Vatican announced today, however, that Benedict would give up the shoes when he becomes “Pope Emeritus.”
I know it was a big deal back then, but I forgot about it. How bizarre is this?
Gee, I dunno. Does the Pope wear a funny hat? After reading Adele Stan's piece in Alternet, I have to wonder whether Pope Benedict was worried about being indicted as part of the sex-crime cover-ups in the Los Angeles archdiocese:
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This is relatively tame compared to the actual criminal charges expected to come out of the Los Angeles Catholic Church sex scandals. Even the news that a prominent founder of a religious order was seducing male seminarians and fathering Read more...