I am not opposed to beauty in our liturgies and churches. But in some cases the beauty can be accomplished in other ways and not in an expensive, extravagant way. I think this chalice pall is absolutely beautiful, but how much did it cost? Was the cost commensurate with the benefit of the beauty and could a similar beautiful pall have been manufactured for a fraction of the cost?
Chalice pall for the installation of His Eminence Jose Fuerte Cardinal Advincula, 33rd Archbishop of Manila. Spanish gold and silver thread embroidery with hammered silver details and semi-precious stones set in gold-plated silver :