With prices given in euros, the Chasuble would cost 9,000, alb = 550, amice = 40, cassock = 550, sash = 175, socks = 20, shoes = 800, buskins = 320, tunic = 500, dalmatic = 500, ornate ceremonial gloves = 1,000, zucchetto = 125, biretta = 250, pectoral cross = 1800, cord for cross = 250, miter = 6,000. A new cardinal could have a ready-made outfit bought in Rome with a modest price tag totaling 21,880 euros or 30,011 in US dollars …
Twenty-four new cardinals is a pretty good business–a lion’s share of my parish’s annual budget. Outfitting just one can be a hardship:
An Indian bishop who participated in the recent Synod of Bishops for the Middle East could not afford a black cassock with scarlet border, so he decided to borrow one for the occasion.
The same bishop went to buy a ring and told the shopkeeper that he wanted a simple and affordable one.
“Your choice is very impressive, unlike other bishops who look for more expensive rings,” the Roman shopkeeper complimented the bishop.
A refreshing piece after a week’s coverage here. On one hand, it’s hard to fault Rock’s enthusiasm for matters hierarchical. This photo, at first glance, looked like caterers setting up the buffet line.
By the way, does anybody know if outfitting cardinals comes out of pocket, or are the titular churches on the hook?