The Franciscan Goose And The Papal Gander


Tomorrow is the day of the Inauguration Mass.

Dignitaries will fly in from all corners of the world.

The expense will be huge.

Also, the Pontiff will not be able to have proper meetings with many of them. For most of them, it will be a mere act of presence, with a short introduction at the most. Besides, we live in the age of Skype, and video conferences with members of the Curia can be organised in a very cheap way.

A new style, you see. A new papacy. The return to Franciscan poverty, and all that…

Should not Pope Francis have invited the foreign governments to please leave their representatives at home, send a message via Internet, and (please get very emotional here..) give the ooh money to the ooh poor?

Populist rhetoric is, indeed, a slippery slope…


Posted on March 18, 2013, in Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. “He (Pope Francis) called me to have breakfast with him one morning (in 2009) and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the church needs us as Anglicans…” Bishop Robert Venables (Anglican bishop of The Southern Cone). Is Pope Francis a Catholic?

  2. I don’t think that he is. He has said that the comments, though made, have been made public without his approval and he seems genuinely troubled that the Pope might be embarrassed by them. Fr. Ed Tomlinson of the Ordinariate seems to accept that they were made.

    • What is in my eyes most probable is that, in pure Anglican fashion, the so-called bishop understands what he wants to.
      Still, we live in such times that the question “is the Pope Catholic” isn’t a rhetorical one anymore.


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