Cardinal Dolan Clarifies That He Was Only Joking When He Said He Gave Rihanna Miter for Met Gala

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan joked that he loaned the elaborate headgear worn by popular singer Rihanna at the Catholic-themed 2018 Met Gala on Monday evening.

“The news said she was wearing a tiara,” Dolan said in an interview on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel,  on Tuesday before joking that the miter Rihanna wore at the event belongs to him. “She gave it back to me this morning. … She was very gracious.”

Many news organizations, including an earlier version of this article, reported Dolan had loaned Rihanna the hat, not realizing the remark was in jest. Dolan, who is known for his sense of humor, confirmed with Catholic Herald that he was only joking.

The theme of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2018 Costume Institute exhibit, which celebrated the influence of Catholicism in fashion by featuring Vatican-loaned artwork and vestments, was called “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

Many Catholic critics of how the many celebrities like Rihanna expressed that celebration, however, condemned it as sacrilegious.

“The wearing of crosses/pope garb at the #metgala by people who aren’t Christian/Catholic is obviously sacrilegious. Guessing people wearing hijab & caricatures of Muslim clothing wouldn’t go over quite as well,” tweeted CRTV podcaster and blogger Allie Beth Stuckey.

Dolan, who admitted he was slightly “apprehensive” about the Catholic-themed event which got pre-approval from the church, said event host and Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, had assured him that organizers would seek to limit outrageous fashion choices. He said based on what he saw on Monday, nothing was offensive.

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Source: Christian Post