Monday, July 8, 2013

Pope Francis, S.J., "It Hurts Me When I See A Priest Or A Nun With The Latest Model Car, You Can't Do This,"

Pope Francis said on Saturday it pained him to see priests driving flashy cars, and told them to pick "humble". As part of his drive to make the Catholic Church more austere and focus on the poor, 
Francis told young and trainee priests and nuns from around the world that having the latest smartphone or fashion accessory was not the route to happiness. "It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can't do this," he said. "A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world," he said. 
Since succeeding Pope Benedict in March, the former cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has eschewed some of the more ostentatious trappings of his office and has chosen to live in a Vatican guest house rather than the opulent papal apartments.
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Q said...

While I commend Our Holy Father for this sentiment, let's remember that a) not all priests take a vow of poverty and b) the most liberal orders I know (not naming names, but we know who they are) have their nuns, brothers and priests kept in their own apartments, with their own internet connections to their own iPods/iMacs/iPads and driving around in their own cars....all from the money of sold assets from generations of benefactors who loved the church.

Will Our Pope be listened to here? As they say, charity begins at home...

Anonymous said...

Good choice with the Ford Focus Holy Father!