HAS CARDINAL NICHOLS OVERDRESSING DAMAGED HIM?
Cardinal Nichols appeared last Friday in London dressed like a medieval Prince of the Church - replete with a crimson cardinal's robe that had been abolished by Pope Paul VI who died in the late 1970's.
Before he went to Rome he had been lecturing the British Government about poverty and the poor.
But now he arrives back in London dressed more gaudily than the Queen of England.
Is that not a contradiction?
The man who made him a cardinal - Pope Francis - wears a humble steel/silver pectoral cross only worth a few euros and a silver ring.
But on Friday Cardinal Nichols paraded through the streets of London and into Westminster Cathedral in bright red robes with a gold ring and a bejewelled gold pectoral cross.
Not even his predecessor Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor - who is famous for his big house and his fine wines - showed such insensitivity in public.
Nichols seems to be showing the same crazy dress sense as his fellow cardinal - Raymond Burke