Pope Pirate I ?
Which is worse -- a pope who wears Prada, or one who wears Prada knockoffs?
According to an article by Stacy Meichtry in today's Wall Street Journal, Benedict XVI's red "Prada" loafers, which have attracted a great deal of attention, may not be the real thing:
The senior Vatican offical says the loafers were actually made by the pope's personal cobbler. But Prada has refused to confirm or deny the reports, allowing the press speculation to continue. A spokesman for Prada said the fashion house lacked "the necessary elements" to make an accurate determination.
In other words, only the pope's confessor knows for sure. And he's not telling.