I love the humility, I really do. But this guy needs to understand he is the Pope. If he is going to do any meaningful reform he will have to command the respect of the Curia. He is on the brink of looking weak.
That's interesting because I have exactly the opposite impression.
As if these are volleys shot across the bow with the message being, "Follow my example." or something like that.
He might be a radical sort of leader who isn't afraid of provoking discomfort.
“But this guy needs to understand he is the Pope. If he is going to do any meaningful reform he will have to command the respect of the Curia. He is on the brink of looking weak.”
Jesus is the King yet He washed the disciples’ feet. The power of a good example is not weakness.
Au contraire! He has to be strong to stand against the ways of the Curia, and he's demonstrating that strength in his willingness to eschew many of the trappings of the Papacy. Why should he change the man he is in order to take on some 'role' prescribed by the folks who love the grand gestures? He's just fine, and I think the Curia understand him quite well; he's making them very uncomfortable, and they should be!