“For myself, I want no advantage over my fellow man, and if he is weaker than I, all the more is it my duty to help him.” —Eugene V. Debs
Remember: they're not Gucci or Prada or any of the other ridiculous, slanderous brands to which they've been ascribed. The Pope's red loafers were made by an Italian cobbler and are red to symbolize the Passion.
Red was also the color of the footwear for Roman and Byzantine kings and emperors.
Cross-posted. Benedict has said some things that I greatly admire.
My own $0.02: Yes I have admired social justice stances taken by Benedict and his predecessors on issues of work, income inequality and poverty.I'd admire them a whole lot more if Catholic institutions in the U.S. were not so rabidly anti-union as they tend to be. And if the Catholic hierarchy was as willing to punish politicians who decline to follow those teachings in their political actions as they seem willing to punish politicians who decline to follow the church's teachings on reproductive matters...
I dunno, that old shoe, it could have been red. It's really old. I suspect the newer shoe is more compfy. Heh!
Just click your heels three times and say "There's no place like Rome, there's no place like Rome..."OK, that one was silly and obvious, but hey, it was there; I had to take the opportunity. :-)