The pope can afford a lot of luxury, but he apparently can’t afford a trip to the UK. His recent Godstravaganza took 7 million pounds out of the collective kitty. Included was a hefty check for a £18,735 dinner.
Perhaps the most egregious affront was the 1.25m ponied by the Department for International Development. For us Americans, that’s the part of the UK government responsible for helping poor people abroad. Let’s just say it like it is. The Pope felt comfortable taking £1.25m away from the poor. So he could ride in his Mercedes and (forgive me) pontificate.
Do I even need to comment on this? Shouldn’t we all be appalled? Shouldn’t the church pay for its own proselytism? Far be it from me to suggest that the Pope can’t tell us all about Jesus, but I think I’ve got the moral high ground when I suggest that no good God would want the poor to suffer just so he could have a parade.
Is there anything the Church can do that would actually piss people off enough to actually do something about it? I sometimes despair that there is not.