Copying for Christ
Of late the current pope's sartorial splendor has been under scrutiny. The brilliant and often irreverent Blingdom of God goes one step further, suggesting that Benedict XVI follow in the footsteps of his namesake, Benedict XV, who removed the gems from a storied papal tiara, replaced them with glass, and sold the originals to raise money for WWI veterans.
Sacred fakery or faux pas? From a moral standpoint, surely the former -- after all, the real crowns are supposed to be waiting in heaven. (See 1 Corinthians 9:25, 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4, Revelation 2:10 ....)