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The pallium.

Regarding "The pallium and the Catholic future" (NCR, July 10): Was the ceremony of conferring the pallium meant to show off to the non-Catholic world the power, wealth and worldwide dominance of the Catholic church? It certainly came across as the ancient feudal ceremony in which the knights paid homage and obeisance to their overlord.

This triumphant extravaganza of worldly prosperity would make an ideal script as a social satire on religious organizations for "Saturday Night Live." On the very site where St. Peter asked to be crucified upside down as a sign of his lowliness before Christ there sat hundreds of the hierarchy in rank-ordered rows, in direct contradiction to the command of Christ to his apostles, all dressed in expensive watered silk costumes. Undoubtedly, under these trappings of nobility the knights had in their possession not swords but high-value Visa cards that they want to keep. Even the bronze statue of St. Peter was gussied up with a jewel-encrusted cover over its papal tiara--the three-tiered imperial crown that had been discarded by Pope Paul VI as too triumphant. Do the persons who provide these touches think that Peter is honored by all this aggrandizement? On the contrary, it is a disgrace his memory.

JERRY PINDAR

Florence, N.J.
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Author:Pindar, Jerry
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Aug 7, 2009
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