Smockmomma at Summa Mamas has the best caption for this photo "there’s no place like rome, there’s no place like rome" Her title doesn’t say it three times and possibly like me doesn’t want him clicking those shoes together three times. I want him to stick around for a bit. Papabile now blogging at Romanitas has some background information about the red shoes. Fr. Tucker also has some interesting questions about Pope Benedict’s Pallium.
Though the red shoes do beg the question about where he got them. Did the papal apartment land on some wicked witch somewhere? (Insert your own Sister Chittister joke here) Maybe though the Wizard of Oz comparison can be illustrative about Pope Benedict XVI. Like the Wizard of Oz the media has built a false and terrifying image of then Cardinal Ratzinger that was meant to scare people with his power. "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain" is what the media has tried to do. Though in this case it was them that put the false curtain around him in the first place.
You could hear them chanting "Ratzinger head of the CDF, oh my" The media has built up a straw man, only in this case it is them that have been lacking in brains. With all of the Wizard of Oz comparisons could his motto be Toto Tuus?