Francis and a New Order

23 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The Pope, who has made humility and modesty his hallmark, sent a swift and clear message to Roman Catholics around the world Wednesday that he wants all representatives of the church to do the same. He suspended a German bishop of spending millions of dollars of lavish renovations to his residence, and forced the chief administrator of the bishop’s diocese into early retirement. His decision signals that the pope deems pastoral life and moral examples important, not an accessory,” said Alberto Melllioni, a Vatican historian and director of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies, a liberal Catholic research institute in Bologna, Italy.

Carlo Marroni, a Vatican expert with the Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore, noted in a telephone interview that the pope is “intervening personally and swiftly on issues that worry his faithful.” Francis has made simplicity an emblem of his papacy. He chose the name of the medieval saint known in Italy as the “poor man” and has said, that along with St. Augustine. St. Francis is closest to his soul.”

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