Thursday, February 22, 2018
TRUE HUMILITY FOR POPE FRANCIS
Let me preface this by saying that it is the press, both Catholic and secular, who tout Pope Francis' various gestures as acts of humility, such as not living in the papal palace but rather choosing the Vatican's Motel 6, not taking on the trappings of the papacy that Pope Benedict used or resurrected, driving cheap cars, less security and the like.
However, Pope Francis on day one when asked about living in the Motel Six rather than the papal palace did not say it was because of his humility but because of his concern for his mental health--he needs to live around people and not be isolated; he wants to be like other bishops and priests and not stand out as much, all for his own mental health.
There is a good article by Sandro Magister about Pope Francis' concern for his mental health and not placing him in situations that would compromise his mental health which you can read HERE.
At its root, the best description of being humble is being humiliated by that which one does not choose and would not choose that would appear to make the person less than humble, thus for Pope Francis to choose be carried aloft like Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul I not to mention all the previous pre-Vatican II popes would make him appear to be haughty and not humble.
But in fact, when the Church gives you its dress code for various functions once you are ordained a deacon, priest or bishop, not to mention a bishop's coronation as the Pope and Bishop of Rome, one doesn't choose what one is to wear but in humility takes it on.
Thus, this triumphal look would be very humiliating for the personal tastes of the person of Jorge Bergolio, but for him to accept it and wear it truly would be a sign of authentic humility. But neither Jorge Bergolio or the press would understand it as such.
But could you imagine Pope Francis wearing this? No , not at this point in his papacy, no not at all, it would be so out of place for him and his needs and mental health: