Wednesday, December 21, 2016

FOR MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY, BE THEY POPES, BISHOPS, PRIESTS, TRYING TO ACT JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE IS A MIXED BLESSING



Pope Francis stopped by a Roman pharmacy to pick up the "shoes of the fisherman" his black orthopedic shoes (clodhoppers) that are custom made and I am sure much more expensive than the red ones Pope Benedict was criticized for wearing, which too, I am sure, brought Pope Benedict foot relief.

But the fact that Pope Francis does stuff that we all do is what clergy have been trying to show the laity for years since Vatican II, that we are human just like you. What could go wrong with that?

Pope's new mission: buying his own shoes

angus_mackinnon,AFP 

3 comments:

TJM said...

being a publicity hound is not an attractive character trait. I also remember with pain that following Vatican II, gorgeous vestments were thrown out by my pastor so he could buy lots of nice burlap chasubles so he would appear "humble." That was my first encounter with clerical left-wing loonism and hypocrisy

Jusadbellum said...

From the start I knew he was going to be the world's "low information" pope. Taking the bus to work, cooking his own food, "humble" small cars (in a huge convoy of armored vehicles cocooned within a small army of undercover security agents) all caters to the "poor and 'umble'" look that captures the hearts of the Low Information population.

Nothing wrong with it. It does produce good will, if only on a superficial level.

But we need to remember that this good will is nevertheless, shallow. Easy come, easy go.

High information people on the other hand tend to earn their followers trust and then don't shed them when the going gets rough.

Mark Thomas said...

It was international news last year when His Holiness Pope Francis purchased a pair of glasses. Today, it is international news that Pope Francis purchased shoes.

The power of the Papacy is such that the most mundane actions of a Pope receive massive international news coverage.

Therefore, imagine the news coverage and discussion in the Church in regard to liturgy that would be unleashed should a Pope offer publicly the TLM.

Wow!

Pax.

Mark Thomas