The photo I post below, while a work of art and thus to be appreciated, conveys sentiments about the hierarchy of the Church as out of touch and not with much to do. It’s a princely life or at least a church caricature of it.
When I was a seminarian in the late 1970’s, I remember being scandalized when I learned that the retired Cardinal of Baltimore, Cardinal Sheehan had a chauffeur and a Cadillac limousine to boot.
And when I visited Philadelphia for the first time, I was shocked to see the mansion in which a lone cardinal lived in the most exclusive part of Philadelphia.
Both of these shocking images were a far cry from what I experienced of the Catholic Church in humble Augusta, Georgia and the Diocese of Savannah.
And thus this is what Pope Francis said three days after his election as the Supreme Pontiff:
VATICAN CITY — On his election to the papacy, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose to name himself after Francis of Assisi because the 12th-century saint "is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation," Pope Francis said Saturday.