- Jul 21, 2011
My theological knowledge is very much based on the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, 1969 edition, a simple book with a green cover which is all that the likes of me needed to understand. I’m pretty sure that somewhere therein between such Truths as Limbo and Lay People not touching Holy Wafers, there was a line about formal heretics wearing proper Oxford Brogues in black and informal heretics wearing Oxblood Loafers or, God forbid, desert Boots.Tut tut - the approved phrase is 'formal heretic'. As distinct from an informal one.
The distinction is a complex canonical matter best interpreted by the magisterium - but the outward sign is that Benny still wears the Papal jocks and is refusing to hand them over to the nuns for cleansing. Without the True Jocks Frankie can only wear informal ones and cannot make ex-Cathedra pronouncements. Hence the heresy. Which is formal.
I accept that I may be mixing up the Catechism and the City & Guilds manual on Cordwaining.