My parents were married on December 1, 1945 in Livorno, Italia, my mother's home town. She grew up poor and what little they had as a family was destroyed during World War II as Livorno was bombed heavily. Their apartment building was completely destroyed and if not for fate, she and her family would have died in that bombing as most of the residents of the building went to the basement during the air raid alarm and when the building was hit it imploded into the basement. My mother and her family were elsewhere at the time! But they lost everything.
My parents honeymooned in Roma some three hour train ride south from Livorno. Part of their visit was an audience with Pope Pius XII. He was a very popular Italian pope. However my mother was not overly enamored with the papal regalia especially the ermine lined clothing His Holiness had on which appeared to be mink to my mother.
In today's rather casual culture, does this type of wear for popes help or hurt the image of the papacy and the Church? Is Pope Francis getting it right by simply wearing the house cassock of the Pope (and not very well at that)?