However, the Apostolic Palace does look a rather bit stodgy and in need of a bit of a face lift, doesn’t it? It's certainly no five-star palace. But, its title conveys the impression of being a five-star palace. So, Pope Francis moved into building constructed just a couple of years back. The mainstream media loved it. However, doesn't it cost a pretty penny to keep the Apostolic Palace open, up, and running for regular business while the Pope resides at St. Marta's?
Then there’s those red shoes that Pope Benedict XVI liked so much. Pope Francis let the Pope Emeritus keep those finely crafted, soft Italian leather shoes and wears the shoes of a commoner. The mainstream media loved it. It has been said, however, that Pope Francis now ships his commoner's shoes to his Argentinian cobbler of 40 years, Carlos Samaria, to repair the soles and heels. Evidently, the cobblers in Rome aren’t good enough.
And let's not overlook the Mercedez Benz limousine that was replaced with a Volkswagen limousine. The mainstream media loved it. But, the former wasn’t sold to help offset the cost of the later. No, the old Mercedez Benz sits mothballed in the papal garage, along with other vehicles in the papal fleet. Then, too, what about the Ford Focus Pope Francis uses to get around Rome and the 20-year-old Renault 4 he allegedly uses to sneak out of the Vatican? The media loved both. But, some are beginning to question that "fleet" of cars, even the Pope himself.
The Motley Monk thinks those critics have it all wrong. Pope Francis is an austere man. He is humble. And, he apparently is not pretentious. What he may not be is aware of how economics work and the real costs associated with being austere, humble, and unpretentious...when you are the Pope of Rome.
Let the discussion begin…
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