I’ll talk about this one, and let smarter people than I address the others.
The clergy isn’t limited to purple and red. Different times of the liturgical year call for different colors (even the “purple” of Advent and Lent are to be different, much to the delight of my husband, who insists on calling the blue that our parish uses for Advent “purple”, even though it SO isn’t :rolleyes: )
We know that purple and scarlet (red) were signs of royalty in ancient, pagan Rome. That’s the whole reasoning behind the clothing of Jesus in scarlet (purple in John’s account?) during the soldier’s mockery of Him- they were mocking him as King of the Jews, thus, draping scarlet on him. In the Old Testament we see God instructing the Israelites to use purple in the Temple, particularly on the altar. So, if the use of purple equals the Whore of Babylon, then the whore didn’t start using it with the birth of Christianity, but with the Jews. And somehow I don’t think the OP is calling the ancient Jews the Whore of Babylon.
However, as color symbolism is a subjective thing, it can change with time and culture. Take, for example, the color associated with death. In Western culture, we would say it is black. However, in Eastern cultures, it is white. Or the colors we think of in conjunction with weddings. Most Americans would say, “white”, yet in other cultures, red is the nuptual color.
In ancient, pagan Rome, purple and scarlet were signs of royalty. In the Catholic Church, they are signs of penetance, sacrifice, and love. So expecting the Church to completely “throw out” two colors (and two very bold and striking colors at that) because of the baggage another time and culture brought to it is unreasonable. So is the assertation that because the Catholic Church uses those two colors it “proves” that it is the Whore of Babylon. If simply using those colors made something a candidate for the Whore, then my four year old daughter, whose favorite color is purple, would be one. :eek:
One needs to look at the context the colors are being used by the Whore. Are they being used in a penetential way that speaks of God’s love and mercy? Or are they being used as a display of earthly power? FIgure out what the colors are trying to “say”, then you can better read who’s wearing them. Going back to the colors associated with death and marriage- if you read of a weeping person, dressed in white, visiting a place of the dead, it makes more sense to identify that person as a mourner in an Eastern culture, rather than a bride in a Western one. So it is with the colors attached to the Whore of Babylon. What is she trying to convey with her clothing choices?
Anyway, that’s my thoughts on one of your points. Again, I leave the discussion of other points to people smarter than I am- I’m just a big fan of color.
Hope that helps,