A crisis meeting was held in the Vatican the night Cardinal Pellia died.
His 7ft 8 height had made him a celebrity, and his charming interviews had brought the Church millions of new followers.
The Pope raised his hand. “People want spectacle. Our ambassador must stand out. All of you, line up against that wall.”
The cardinals shuffled into height order. The tallest, Cardinal Bertone, was only 6ft 5. “I fear that won’t be enough, your Holiness.”
“The Lord will provide.”
The very next day, Bertone found in his chambers a floor-length cassock, and a pair of 12-inch platform shoes.
This one is from the prompt ‘cardinal ordinal’.