A benefit of being part of the clergy is that one can just give oneself a Coat of Arms. One doesn’t have to write to the Garter King of Arms or provide great-grandpater’s letters patent creating a vice-duke or anything. There’s no referee checking whether by special grant of King Noddy the Lizard-Hearted you have an ancient right to engrail your chevronelle or display a mark of pretence. The whole thing is pretence, just grab a crayon and start drawing your fantasy of identity!
Over at the 4P’s cheerless corner of the web that has obstinately stuck itself where the sun doesn’t shine, there was some griping last week about how the Pontiff has decided he didn’t need four Pontifical Councils and has joined them into one new dicastery. This eliminates three curial cardinal positions, the 4P points out correctly. Deaconette would have thought this is good news for sourpusses, since those curial cardinals can only drag a cappa magna outside of Rome.
But no, apparently it’s not good news. Deaconette understands; St John Paul II’s “Pastor Bonus” has been altered so much that it’s hard to know what still applies. The 4P hypothesized that Pope Francis might want fewer cardinals from Roman offices and more with diocesan experience. Deaconette is not sure if that is a good thing or not but she solves the problem by not caring.