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…