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Why not a room at the Italian version of the Motel 6? This well-publicized poverty bit is beginning to look contrived and ridiculous.


3 posted on 03/26/2013 11:51:52 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee
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.

13 posted on 03/26/2013 11:59:04 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: txrefugee
Why not a room at the Italian version of the Motel 6? This well-publicized poverty bit is beginning to look contrived and ridiculous.

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.

14 posted on 03/26/2013 11:59:48 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: txrefugee

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.


15 posted on 03/26/2013 12:00:06 PM PDT by married21
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To: txrefugee
Why not a room at the Italian version of the Motel 6? This well-publicized poverty bit is beginning to look contrived and ridiculous.

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.

17 posted on 03/26/2013 12:00:33 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: txrefugee
I agree. He is The Pope.

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?

22 posted on 03/26/2013 12:09:16 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: txrefugee

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.


38 posted on 03/26/2013 12:31:12 PM PDT by tiki
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To: txrefugee

So he’d be better off living in extreme luxury?


53 posted on 03/26/2013 12:48:54 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: txrefugee

“This well-publicized poverty bit is beginning to look contrived and ridiculous.”


He didn’t hold a press conference about it. He mentioned it to the other building residents at mass. If other people find out about things you do and announce them and talk them up, how does that make your conduct contrived? It means other people are looking for things to talk about. It does not mean that you have done anything contrived or ridiculous.

I seriously doubt Francis wastes time creating news about his humility so that he can see himself being talked about on tv.


57 posted on 03/26/2013 12:50:02 PM PDT by married21
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To: txrefugee
"Why not a room at the Italian version of the Motel 6? This well-publicized poverty bit is beginning to look contrived and ridiculous."

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.

92 posted on 03/26/2013 1:56:23 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: txrefugee

The Pope is not the one publicizing it. He just wants to live a simpler way. How is that contrived or ridiculous?


105 posted on 03/26/2013 2:39:19 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: txrefugee

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.


112 posted on 03/26/2013 4:31:22 PM PDT by ADSUM
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To: txrefugee
"This well-publicized poverty bit is beginning to look contrived and ridiculous."

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.

114 posted on 03/26/2013 4:38:54 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: txrefugee
This well-publicized poverty bit is beginning to look contrived and ridiculous.

If he moved into the fancy digs, then you could hammer him for being a hypocrite. I see.

157 posted on 03/28/2013 6:12:32 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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