Cardinal Burke: "The Pope has never made me aware that he disapproves of the way I dress"
|The Irish Times|
Another criticism made against you is your alleged passion for “lace,” a comment used in a demeaning way to criticize your preferred clerical and liturgical vestments as something that the Pope cannot endure.Full interview at NC Register
The Pope has never made me aware that he disapproves of the way I dress[a cardinal of the Catholic Church in a real way has to explain this to the media], which, anyway, has always been within norms of the Church. I celebrate the liturgy also in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, and there are vestments for this which do not exist for the celebration of the ordinary form, but I always wear what is required for the rite that I am celebrating. I am not making a political statement against the Pope’s way of dressing. It has to be said that every pope has his own style, but he does not impose this on all the other bishops. So I don’t understand why this should be a cause for controversy.
But newspapers often use a photo of you wearing a hat clearly out of date. [I'm SO glad someone finally asked! Without permission these lunatics are all using this photo with no idea of its origins. Liberal Catholic porn, so excited to exercise their hatred for the man for "his" hat!]
Yes, I know, but it’s just incredible. I can explain: That photo was spread around after Il Foglio published it alongside the interview I did at the time of the synod. The interview had been done well, but, unfortunately, they chose a photo that had nothing to do with it, which I regret, because, in this way, they gave the mistaken impression of a person who lives in the past. The truth is that, after being named cardinal, I was invited to a diocese in the south of Italy for a conference on the liturgy. For the occasion, the organizer decided to give me as a gift an old-fashioned cardinal’s hat. I have no idea where he got it from. I held it in my hand and obviously had no intention of wearing it regularly, but he asked me to put it on to take at least one photo. This was the only time I put that hat on my head, but, unfortunately, that picture has been published all over the world, and some use it to give the impression that I go around like that. But I’ve never worn it, not even for a ceremony.
The photo in question:
The photo they'd prefer not to be seen (farm boys are harder to destroy than lace boys):
or how about this one (via Pewsitter)