Ermine Schmermin, Who Cares?

July 22, 2008

Animal Rights Group Protests Pope’s Fur

ROME (AFP) — One of Italy’s leading animal rights groups said Monday it was launching an Internet petition to demand Pope Benedict XVI stop wearing fur during religious ceremonies at the Vatican.

Lorenzo Croce, chairman of the Italian Association for the Defence of Animals and the Environment (AIDAA), denied being provocative or wanting to make an anti-religious statement.

“We just want to ask him in a message of love and peace to give a strong signal towards the protection of animals and the environment through a small but very significant personal sacrifice,” Croce told the Italian news agency ANSA.

Since his election Pope Benedict has taken to wearing a number of traditional religious garments, including a small red velvet cape with a white ermine border, which he wears in winter along with a hat the same colour.

The association has created a website to accept signatures and Croce wants to present the petition to the pope in September.

Pope Benedict returned late on Monday to Rome after a nine-day visit to Australia marked by his historic apology for the scourge of paedophilia in the Catholic church.

2 Responses to “Ermine Schmermin, Who Cares?”

  1. Sandra Barone a said

    The reason Pope Benedict is wearing the cape with the fur is that he is making the statement that he is the Pope on the ship that was in St John Bosco’s dream. In the picture of that dream the Pope is shown wearing that style of cape. Pray for him. Sandra Barone

  2. Sandra Barone said

    The pillars in Don Bosco’s dream holding up the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary represent Pope John Paul II. Remember Pope John Paul II standing at the balcony before he died. He was despertely trying to tell the world it was not his illness that was killing him it was the medication. The cry Santo subito was prophetic. Sandra Barone

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