Why not a room at the Italian version of the Motel 6? This well-publicized poverty bit is beginning to look contrived and ridiculous.
Our current POTUS could learn a lot from the new Pope.
But he and his family never will.
I would do the same. I dearly loved living in the dorms at college. After growing up in a quiet home, it was heaven to have so many friends just down the hall. I hope this works out well for Pope Francis.
I keep getting this mental picture of an ascetic monk.
Here I am, a "plebe" so to speak, walking around and I meet what was once my Pope ... what do I do with the conflict of my thoughts ?
No offense, but is he now my Pope in law or something ?
I`ll bet he`ll pay the rent, too.
What? No swimming pool, jacuzzi, weight room, pool table or continental breakfast?
The rooms all have telephones and access to an international satellite television system.
Since Vatican City is a separate country from Italy, wouldn't a set of rabbit ears be an "international television system"? :-)
He’s the Jimmy Carter of the Vatican
Some dear Catholic Friends of mine were discussing this with me.
They LOVE Pope Francis...BUT they did not like Pope Benedict. When I asked them why not, they replied that Pope Benedict was “too strict”.
I offered the possibility, that sometimes children need to be disciplined, if the parents truly love them, and the correction is followed by loving affirmation. I suggested that perhaps Pope Benedict was the “spanking” and Pope Francis is the “Hug” that comes after.
Just a thought...
After reading about him washing and kissing the feet of AIDS patients in Argentina, none of this comes as any kind of surprise. I mean, I don’t get the connection. These patients contracted an illness through a deliberate choice of behaviors they knew were risky. Then he goes and rewards them with the gift of the Catholic Church’s humility? It still seems to me we are dealing with a huge dose of “social justice” here, that’s not going to go away anytime soon, despite all of the whisperings to the contrary. Besides, maybe the guy just doesn’t do ghosts.
This is going to be a security challenge.
... which is probably akin to using the Bentley instead of the Rolls....
What- 100 posts and nobody thinks this is a prudent move in light of the fact that the curia has had nearly a century to bug those papal apartments solid? I guess freepers have given up the tin foil for Lent!
A blogger has coined the term “Totalitarian Humility”. I humbly offer this: “Ostentatious Humility”.
I am reserving comments, but most Jesuits out here in CA are liberal socialists.
We knew a guy that was very humble too and he lived poorly intentionally. He gave up his pay as a Catholic schoolteacher, but at the same time, his best friend/brother (who was poor as a church mouse) was raising a family not making ends meet. Sometimes I think the desire to remain humble (or to make a point) can get in the way of common sense. Bottom line, though, I don’t care so much where the pope lives; I just pray he remains a holy and humble warrior for Christ.
Please remove my distinctly un-humble comment. If you or the moderator have already suppressed it, I thank you.
The more I hear about this guy, the more I think we’re going to like him.