FR. JOHN ZUHLSDORF blogs — The background image is that of a “pest doctor” or “plague doctor”. Pest, refers especially to Bubonic Plague. The mask with the long beak-like nose contained herbs that cut down the smell of mortality and also were thought to stave off contagion. This role and costume developed mostly in the 17th c. in Italy. They especially gave advice, including legal advice, to the dying. There wasn’t much they could do for them medically except, you know, the usual blood-letting and always helpful leeches.

I picked up the meme from Twitter. Not sure about the origin, but it is dead on.

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