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December 22, 2013



I am reminded of a remark I once read on a Catholic blog in a comments section following a flattering post on Cardinal Burke replete with photos of Burke in all his scarlet glory. The comment was to the effect that the cappa magna was a medieval train designed to dignify a prelate on horseback, specifically by covering the horse's ass. In Burke's case, the commenter observed, the cappa magna was an example of a relic still serving its original purpose.

I also remember a photo of Burke in a broad red hat with suitable decorations that looked like something the late Queen Mother might have worn at Ascot.

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