I'm not opposed to bishops and cardinals wearing the cappa magna when it is prescribed by the liturgical books of 1962. Unfortunately when these were made optional but never suppressed in 1969, the bishop or cardinal who chose the option surely looked foolish and made himself an object of scorn and ridicule. It was his own peculiar oddity since it wasn't mandated. Just like the priest who insists that his chasuble be lifted at the elevation in the OF--it's not prescribed, although I don't think altogether suppressed. But in the EF it is not dependent upon is like or dislike, it is prescribed thus saving him from ridicule and the dictatorship of personal preferences.
So I have some photos for you. Which ones of these should cause the most ridicule and scorn to the Church? The ones in the liturgical books or the made up ones that have no basis in the liturgical books?
Just think what the passerby on the street thinks of Catholics. They're wondering what the heck do they do in the Church. Wait until they see the dancers!
Now this is down right shocking and such a throw back to the Renaissance! Liturgical dancers in skimpy attire is so much more Christ-like in the simplicity of it all!
This liturgical oddity is so meaningful and beautiful:
Now this is so much better than the cappa magna and surely will not elicit mockery from others who don't understand this beautiful liturgical custom and ministry
Now this dancing Jesuit, I kid you not, needs a cappa magna or a toppa magna and quick!
Vestal virgins around the pope!