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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Just Sayin'

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P.S.: The handsome and attentive young prelate is actually Pope Benedikt's 50 year-old personal secretary, Monsignor Dr. Georg Gänswein.

If our Holy Father was known as God's Rottweiler by uncharitable tongues, the dishy Father Georg has been given a much urbane nickname by the Italian press:

Don Giorgio





It is Don Giorgio, a keen tennis player, mountain climber and sometime pilot, who is credited with introducing the Pope to his unabashed (and slightly unexpected) love of the finer things in life, to whit:

  • Those red "slippers", traditionally the province of the Popes, but discarded by the husky Pope John Paul II -- the catch is that, of course, this Pope wears Prada.

    (Oh, the joke possibilities make my head reel)

    Actually, the Prada shoes story may be bogus as well, the product of fevered media minds trying to drum up, simultaneously, an "homosexual" and "materialist" hypocrite angle, but that he's wearing elegant shoes quite unlike previous Popes, there is no doubt whatsoever.


  • Those at-first-called Gucci sunglasses, which it turns out, are really Serengetti Classic specs. Please, like that's so different.


  • That floppy Nike hat which he was seen wearing, when he and Don Giorgio took their constitutional around Castel Gandolfo.


  • That plain, but stylish Cartier watch which he exchanged for a rather nerdy Timex thingie, when first elected Pontiff.


  • And is there any doubt that the Pope would have taken to his new 2 gig iPod as quickly before, as when receiving counsel from Dr. Gänswein?


  • In short, Don Giorgio seems to have the Pope's ear, and not content with that, he's also going for being resident fashionista and general arranger of Pope duds, as well.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that, in the words of the immortal Voltaire.

    But as my mother rather unwittingly observed during the Pope's Vatican curtain call at his Election, when a gust of wind blew his cassock over his face, and one of the two curates on either side of him, took the liberty to pat his clothes down:

    "Aww, isn't that nice of him. Of course, the Pope has no wife, so what else is he going to do, but have these thoughtful, wifely things done to him by a priest?"

    Erm, quite.

    Later, she told me she was thinking of the way she combs my dad's hair so that his bald spot doesn't show (as much), something which a wife is supposed to do, she said -- looking out for the welfare of her husband's image, when he himself isn't aware enough to.

    (Who amongst us can forget that famous photo of Mrs. Reagan covering the President's head, so that his own bald spot wouldn't be revealed in the photo op?)

    Honestly.

    Ugly minds just don't understand.

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    11 Comments:

    • Don Giorgio has also departed from the sartorial workshops preferred by other ecclesiastical higher ups, he's actually gotten the house of Versace to sewn those priestly vetements of his.
      Ah, the power of the Milano-South Beach axis....
      Another thing that Don Giorgio is famous for is his perfect Roman accent, and his incursions on the Romanesque dialect while dealing with the population.

      By Blogger Charlie Bravo, at Tue Jan 30, 01:14:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Don Giorgio has also departed from the sartorial workshops preferred by other ecclesiastical higher ups, he's actually gotten the house of Versace to sewn those priestly vetements of his.

      Yes! Good point, which I forgot to mention.

      Also, none other than Donatella Versace has recently said that it was Don Giorgio, with his austere look (gotta love her concept of austerity), that inspired her recent collection.

      Check out this Priestly Chic post.

      The model shown looks not unlike Don Giorgio might've, as a 20-year old. He must have been GORGEOUS.

      A beatific Daniel Craig, drool...

      (What? One of the oldest secrets of the Roman Catholic faith, is that its most faithful parishioners, women, have been attracted to dazzlingly handsome priests for centuries.

      A melding of the spiritual, to the physical -- admiration, not sex...exactly)

      Ah, the power of the Milano-South Beach axis....

      Yes! Tanned, lithe bod meets sleek black cassock.

      Another thing that Don Giorgio is famous for is his perfect Roman accent, and his incursions on the Romanesque dialect while dealing with the population.

      Fascinating, thanks Charlie.

      (Although the Romano accent is particularly STUPID-sounding, with all due respect to my Roman readers. Just listening to Roma player, Totti, is enough to make your hair stand on end)

      Here is Don Georg speaking in German, in a recent Vatican Radio interview on the occasion of his big 5-Oh:

      Do not click, but copy-paste unto your Real Media player

      Very cultured, South German-Blackforest accent and yet energetic voice.

      He loved football, his favourite sport, and he played the clarinet.

      He was asked how many kids were in his family?

      Five! He was the eldest, and they were very loved each of them (hah, going back to our Duggar Family post).

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Jan 30, 01:37:00 pm GMT-5  

    • I meant the Roman accent of the high cultured Roman classes, Vics, not the lowly sounding accent of a roughneck!

      By Blogger Charlie Bravo, at Tue Jan 30, 02:17:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Voltaire? I thought it was Seinfeld!

      By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Tue Jan 30, 02:18:00 pm GMT-5  

    • I meant the Roman accent of the high cultured Roman classes, Vics, not the lowly sounding accent of a roughneck!

      Oh! Good grief, Charlie Bravo. :)

      I got it, now. I searched for an example, but could only find that German one.

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Jan 30, 02:40:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Voltaire? I thought it was Seinfeld!

      Dude. Comic timing, capiche? ;)

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Jan 30, 02:41:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Guys, have you ever wanted to see me lose my cool?

      (Well, as far as I am capable of losing my cool -- I'm fairly unflappable)

      Check out the updated comments section, in the Duggar Family post.

      That's as angry/disgusted as you'll ever see me -- which is fairly glacial.

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Jan 30, 02:43:00 pm GMT-5  

    • I haven't heard anything about Msgr. Gaenswein having anything tailored for himself by Versace, but Donatella Versace does seem to have a fascination with him.

      Personally, I think he has most of his clothing tailored from Gammarelli or some personal tailor.

      By Anonymous Domini Sumus, at Tue Jan 30, 05:00:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Hey Dominus, nice to see you around here. ;)

      I haven't heard anything about Msgr. Gaenswein having anything tailored for himself by Versace, but Donatella Versace does seem to have a fascination with him.

      A lot of 40-50 something women in power do in Italy, I've been told.

      Maybe they are vaguely reminded of the pageantry and seriousness of Catholicism, which they had perhaps discarded as fuddy-duddy in their 20s.

      At my church, we had two Catholic priests when I was a child.

      Father Joe, an old-fashioned, plain-speaking, but hysterically funny Irish priest, who was not afraid to smoke or knock back the whiskey.

      And his curate, Father Brendan, the schoolgirls' delight.

      As long as I live, I will never forget the vague scent of cologne (something citrussy, that I adore conjuring up in my nostrils still today), or his EXTREMELY starched cuffs, just like Father Georg shows in these pictures.

      And oh, his gold cufflinks on feast days.

      To me, the Catholic church is consummately urbane, and this young priest is the reason why I loved what others consider hypocrisies.

      Personally, I think he has most of his clothing tailored from Gammarelli or some personal tailor.

      I believe that the Gammarelli concern said that the Pope had not favoured them with the same custom Pope John Paul II and previous popes had done in the past.

      But that they did still make one or two trousers for him.

      About Father Gaenswein, it was said that he had his cassocks run up by Armani (not Versace, as Charlie said).

      But it strikes me as a rumour, that.

      BTW, photo Number 9: I looked closer, and see is a montage.

      There's no way the good Father would be sitting so close to the Pontiff, without being on his lap. Even in the eency Popemobile.

      Heh.

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Jan 30, 05:14:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Pic 5 looks like James Brown has finished his first set...

      I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry but there's no way I get the image of the Vatican Hog Calling out of my mind when I see pic 7!

      Is pic 8 some form of three card monte?

      Sorry -- it's just my mind!

      By Blogger Ron, at Tue Jan 30, 09:49:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Pic 5 looks like James Brown has finished his first set...

      LOL!

      Pic 1 -- Gaenswein auditioning for the role of Mary Poppins meets Maria, the nun from Sound of Music.

      Pic 3 -- Gaenswein fussing over the tilt of the Pope's crucifix (weird).

      Pic 4 -- Phantom of the Vatican!

      Pic 6 -- Hmm, a little Thornbirds action going there...(the Deity will strike me down for saying that, I think)

      I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry but there's no way I get the image of the Vatican Hog Calling out of my mind when I see pic 7!

      LOL!! Love it.

      Su-weeeeeeeeeee!

      Is pic 8 some form of three card monte?

      Sorry -- it's just my mind!


      I think that's like our shell game, hehehe.

      Good stuff, Ron. And stay tuned for a special post. ;)

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Jan 31, 12:11:00 am GMT-5  

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