Why not a room at the Italian version of the Motel 6? This well-publicized poverty bit is beginning to look contrived and ridiculous.
Excessive humbleness can be another form of vanity. Especially PUBLIC humbleness.
He seems like my grandfather. No matter where he was sitting, even an uncomfortable folding chair, when someone offered him a better seat he would always say "No, I'm good right here." Sometimes we would have to make sure the comfy chair was the only one available when he came in.
In the LA archdiocese, Cardinal Mahoney needed a whole house for himself, in his retirement, when he is not even doing anything, and after his scandals cost so much of our money.
by contrast, I think Francis’ inclination to be with other people, and use facilities that are already there and ready, is a welcome contrast.
Also, I suspect he will find out a lot about what is really going on at the Vatican in the dining hall. When I was working as an attorney, it was very enlightening to have lunch with the clerks and mail room people sometimes.
You wouldn't think that "well-publicized" and "poverty" would go together. My theory is that the unused funds are going towards even more publicity.
The apartments contain a chapel, an office for the pope and a separate office for his secretaries, the pope's bedroom, a dining room, kitchen and rooms for two secretaries and for the household staff.
Considering the position he holds, I actually don't consider this amount of staff or living space to be overdone. Work needs to be done, where are the staff supposed to do that work?
It actually doesn’t. It looks like he wants to be in touch and not separated. What often happens with priests and anyone with a little bit of power who is sheltered and kowtowed to they lose touch with reality. (Think U.S. politicians who think the universe revolves around them and whose minions do most of the work and shield them as much as possible.)
If he hadn’t already lived simply it would be something to question but he lived that way in Argentina, he made it obvious that he was a servant of God. He needs to make a bold statement because there are too many priests and bishops who live like royalty while ignoring their duties except the ones they can’t avoid. He is leading by example.
So he’d be better off living in extreme luxury?
“This well-publicized poverty bit is beginning to look contrived and ridiculous.”
I seriously doubt Francis wastes time creating news about his humility so that he can see himself being talked about on tv.
Totally disagree. Every action our new Pope takes is well publicized. The fact he is rejecting many of the regal trappings is awesome and sets a great example.
The Pope is not the one publicizing it. He just wants to live a simpler way. How is that contrived or ridiculous?
It looks to me that Pope Francis is following the path of how Jesus lived and not immersing himself in the trappings of the office.
I sense he will learn and observe more here and his more public life may impress others to live their life for Jesus.
Except he's walked this walk for many years. It's being publicized now because he's the Pope, but by all accounts this is merely consistent with the way he's acted his whole life as a priest.
If he moved into the fancy digs, then you could hammer him for being a hypocrite. I see.