Yesterday afternoon Pope Francis said it “pained” him to see priests driving fashionable, expensive cars, & told them to choose something more “humble”.
As part of his efforts to make the Catholic Church more focused on the needs of the poor, Francis told a group of seminarian (soon-to-be) priests & nuns from around the world that having the latest smartphone or fashion accessory was not the route to happiness. (Steve Jobs must be turning in his grave.)
“It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you should not do this,” he said.
“A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a humble one. If you prefer 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 has declined to make use of some of the more ostentatious trappings of his office & continues to live in a Vatican guest house for visiting priests, rather than the papal apartments.
The ANSA news agency said the pope’s car of choice for moving around the walled Vatican City was a Ford Focus. (Who said you can’t get to heaven in an old Ford car?)
The Pope needs a car for inside the 44 hectares of the Vatican City? What’s wrong with a bicycle, or even walking?