If I were going to sneak into the Vatican I’d use phony press credentials and look fabulous while doing it…

… Oh my. Did you hear the one about the fake Bishop who tried to sneak into the meeting of the Cardinals? What gave him away… his shabby appearance.

Maybe if he made a stop by Gammarelli first he could have pulled off this little stunt. Thanks to the the keen eye of the Swiss Guard; who noted the too short cassock & crucifix chain, purple scarf, and rumpled robes, his attempts were thwarted. Everyone knows Catholics have style and swagger. You don’t just show up to the Vatican in a wrinkled tea length cassock. Puh-lease.

Interesting side note, a noticed quite a few friends on facebook have friend-ed this individual believing him to be a member of the clergy. Just goes to show, you never really know about the people you encounter on the internet. All you see are the bits and pieces of their lives they choose to show you or, in this instance, fabricate completely. Heck, who am I? According to some the jury’s still out on whether I am even a real Catholic.

While I mention Gammarelli; have you seen this?

See… style.

These are the three sets of papal outfits; small, medium, and large sizes which will be sent to the Vatican for the new pope. On March 4th they were put out on display in the window of Gammarelli. For over half a century now the Gammarelli family has been making the pope’s robes.

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • Oregon Catholic

    I’d be more impressed by a pope who dressed like St. Francis of Assisi.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      No you wouldn’t.

      • Oregon Catholic

        Oh my, you read minds and hearts too?

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

          I meant that no one wants a pope that looks like a pauper. Popes don’t take vows of poverty, nor should they. Popes are leaders of the largest religious organization on Earth, they need to dress with the respect they command.

          • Suburbanbanshee

            Francis of Assisi wore what people gave him. The Pope wears what people give him. The major difference is that, in general, nobody was trying to kill St. Francis except St. Francis’ sense of Lady Poverty, so it was a lot easier to give him stuff.

          • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

            You make a great point. It’s not like the pontiff is out wardrobe shopping. He wears what he’s given or what previous popes have worn… hand me downs in a sense.

      • Oregon Catholic

        I see you didn’t publish my comment about claiming to read my mind. Are you in the habit of censoring comments to try and make yourself look better?

        Censoring for bad language or inappropriate content is one thing. Censoring because someone disagrees with what you have written is cowardice and intellectual dishonesty. If you are not willing to publish all legitimate comments you really ought to shut them off completely.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

          Oh for goodness sake, settle down. I have this thing called a job during the day. Some commenters are “white listed” which means they can surpass moderation because … well, because this is my blog and yes I have favorites. Others may sit in moderation all night while I *gasp* sleep, or all day while I *gasp* work or just have a life in general. Your gross over reaction just shows me I’m right to enable comment moderation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/molly.finch1 Molly Finch

    What I’m wondering about are the other cardinals, the REAL cardinals, who are in the photo. Were they humoring the imposter, thinking that maybe he was some dorky cardinal who they hadn’t seen before, and who didn’t know how to dress properly?

    I did notice that it was the Swiss Guards who detected him.

  • Br. Christopher Start

    The full article from the Telegraph is a stitch. Either this guy has wicked sense of humor or is in desperate need of prayer and some help.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Maybe a little of both. Definitely a LOT of the latter.

    • InkDuBlog

      I definitely have a friend who would do this as a joke, or would have at one time (not sure he would now). Except he might have figured out a way to be more believable. Let’s hope it’s a sense of humour gone horribly awry.


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