I have taken my own advice this past week and prayed. And discerned.
So now I have to speak up.
The Pope is not just the Pope.
He is the Bishop of Rome.
Now everyone pretty much thinks of St. Peter's Basilica when they think of the Pope. Well, as Bishop of Rome he also has St. John Lateran as his diocesan cathedral.
But in his eagerness to be humble, Pope Francis has not yet taken possession of St. John Lateran.
Holy Thursday Mass, which celebrates the institution of the holy priesthood and the Eucharist has for hundreds of years been celebrated by the Bishop of Rome at St. John Lateran.
Not this year.
This year the new Holy Father has decided to take a road trip down to the local prison.
Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass in a youth prison outside of Rome.
We get it. You're channeling St Francis of Assisi.
Get over it because you are the Pope now, not the bishop of Buenos Aires. You have duties and responsibilities. Remember all those people who stood outside in the crappy weather when you were elected?
Remember how you spoke as the Bishop of Rome to your flock?
Yes, it is an act of mercy to visit those in prison.
But couldn't you visit the prison earlier in the day? Wednesday, perhaps? Said Mass for them some other time?
The bigger picture is that every time he rides the bus or doesn't wear the Mozzetta, or wears black shoes or moves Holy Thursday Mass to a prison, he makes it all about him. "Oh look! Our Pope is sooooo humble and nice!"
If he really wanted to show them some mercy, he should have arranged for the prisoners to come to St. John Lateran and get them out of the prison for a few hours to assist at Holy Mass.
But, what are ya gonna do? Hopefully someone at the Vatican will tell him what he's supposed to be doing. We'll see.
Watch and pray my friends as the Pope Francis show continues!
Latest update: Pope Francis also got rid of the Papal Throne, and is making the humble Papal apartments in the Vatican smaller. On top of that, lets not forget they had to order brand new vestments for his installation. He didn't like any of the ones the Vatican had laying around. Not too thrifty, eh? More money that could have been saved for the poor.