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Esquire: Pope Frances Best Dressed Man of 2013

From Esquire:

The Best Dressed Man of 2013: Pope Francis

By Max Berlinger | December 27, 2013

An unconventional choice to be sure, but hear us out…

Well, it is Esquire, and they have to find some way to contribute their own accolades to this wonderful new Pope. Still, we think Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty was robbed.

(By the way, has Obama won this award yet?)

Pope Francis’s sartorial decisions have subtly signaled a new era (and for many, renewed hope) for the Catholic Church.

In other words, he is giving the left hope that the Catholic Church is throwing in the towel.

"His mode of dressing really does reflect the mindset behind it," says Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor of menswear design at FIT, of Pope Francis. "I remember when John Paul II was buried in those opulent bright red shoes. When the current pope was elected and chose not to wear the red shoes I thought that was very reflective of his approach to being a person functioning in a role."

Has he put on the hair shirt? (Popes used to wear a ‘hair shirt’ under their vestments as a sign of repentance and atonement. The garment is technically called a cilice, and it is made from coarse cloth, like sackcloth, or animal hair.)

Pope Francis has been big on symbolic gestures—paying his own bill at a hotel owned by the Church or washing the feet of inmates (two of whom were female) on Holy Thursday—and the black shoes and unadorned, simplistic regalia are just an outward acknowledgement of his progressive orthodoxy…

You can be "progressive" and still oppose abortion? Who knew?

True, the opulent jewelry and fur-lined capes of yore have given way to humbler dress, and this break from aesthetic tradition says a lot of the man and what he hopes to achieve while doing his earthly duties. He’s certainly been the most approachable Pope in recent memory, one who tweets his gospel, takes selfies, sneaks out of his modest apartment (he declined moving into the Apostolic Palace) in a disguise to help the poor, and even hangs out with Patti Smith…

You see? Thanks to Obama, taking selfies is now a mark of greatness. And humility.

Meanwhile, we have this via Reuters:

It’s official: Pope has not abolished sin, says Vatican

By Philip Pullella | December 31, 2013

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had "abolished sin", after a well-known Italian intellectual wrote that he had effectively done so through his words and gestures.

The singular exchange began on Sunday when Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled "Francis’ Revolution: He has abolished sin".

Scalfari, who held a long private conversation with the pope earlier this year and wrote about it several times, concluded in the complex, treatise-like article that Francis believed sin effectively no longer existed because God’s mercy and forgiveness were "eternal".

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that "this affirmation that the pope has abolished sin" was wrong.

"Those who really follow the pope daily know how many times he has spoken about sin and our (human) condition as sinners," Lombardi said.

It was not the first brush between the Vatican and Scalfari, who founded La Repubblica newspaper in 1976.

Last month the Vatican removed from its website the text of Scalfari’s transcript of his conversation with the pope, saying parts of it were not reliable.

Scalfari said he had not used a tape recorder or taken notes when he met the pope but reconstructed the long session from memory afterwards and made additions to help the flow of the article.

There seems to be a lot of that going around. Still, you have to wonder if this update have effected Esquire’s decision?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Esquire: Pope Frances Best Dressed Man of 2013”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I shoulda sent Esquire a photo

  2. canary says:

    The liberal media is also slandering Pope Frances misquoting the pope to say he is against “capitalism”.

    His quotes were not to worship or idolize money and to feed the poor, but most liberals have no idea what the Ten Commandments or the Bible says.

    The Catholic Church could lose a lot of money if conservatives hear this.

    I think we will have to question anything reported the Pope says especially if Nancy Pelosi does the quoting.


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