Something to pontificate…and it all started with a cross…
This past Easter, my husband and I bought our grandmothers cross pendants. We decided to go with small, “dainty” ones that they could wear everyday…afterall, we didn’t want them to look like NUNS!!
During the course of our dinner that day, one of the grandmas said, “I got the cross that the Pope wears.”
My husband asked, “How did you get that?”
She excitedly answered, “Well, I gave money to an organization and that’s what I got.”
“Is it gold”, my husband asked.
“Oh no”, she exclaimed, “This Pope doesn’t wear gold. He wears silver. He doesn’t wear the regular ring that the other Popes have worn.” She seemed so proud of her knowledge about Pope Francis. “Oh yeah,” she added, “he doesn’t wear the Pope shoes either.”
“Shoes?” my husband replied more than questioned. “How can you see his shoes with all those robes that he wears?”
“That’s true,” she answered. Then out of the blue, this normally docile grandmother giggled and said, “I wonder if he wears pants under those robes!”
All of us in attendance spit out our drinks in laughter. But…it was an interesting question and I needed to know the answer!!! Research on this subject matter was not easy to find! Here’s a few links for the enquiring minds who want to know:
The pope's ordinary dress (also called house dress), which is worn for daily use outside of liturgical functions, consists of a white cassock with attached pellegrina and girded with a fringed white fascia (often with the papal coat of arms embroidered on it), a pectoral cross suspended from a gold cord, red papal shoes, and a white zucchetto. On more formal occasions, the pope may wear a red cape similar to the ferraiuolo except for its gold decoration. Alternatively, he may wear a red cape with a shoulder cape attached. Outdoors, the pope may wear the cappello romano, a wide-brimmed hat used by all grades of clergy. While most other clergy wear a black cappello romano, the pope's is usually red (although it may also be white).
Still further links: http://www.ewtn.com/library/CHISTORY/popeattire.htm
Also in their tomb popes were laid to rest dressed in their white papal vestments. However, black, the colour of mourning, was added to the white and the red. When the tomb of Boniface VIII in the Vatican Basilica was opened in 1605 (he had died 302 years earlier), his body was found to be incorrupt. Giacomo Grimaldi, a Canon of St Peter's, was thus able to give a precise description of the Pope's apparel. The Pope wore long trousers covering his legs and thighs "in accordance with the fashion of the time". They had a scarlet lining and the upper part had ornate silver buckles.
OK…so that’s how they were buried back in the 1300’s…but grandma’s question was about the Pope while he’s alive!
After studying the Bible, pants on men is obviously wrong, probably sinful. Time after time the men of God are spoken of wearing robes. ===> TRUE Holiness obviously pertains to men wearing robes. Men must wear robes. White appears to be the only acceptable color to God. FACT: pants came from the WORLDLY clothing styles not the Bible. FACT: Men who do not wear robes are immodest and show their body shapes. FACT: never in scripture is a man described wearing pants. FACT: Jesus, our example, wore a robe.
Admittedly, I didn’t want to spend too much time checking out what the Pope wears under his robes,,,but NOW I have my own question to ask…boxers or briefs??