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  1. If in ten months it is God’s will that I have time, money and agility sufficient to be near anyplace His Holiness goes from car to building, I will have a sign that reads “Para que podamos saber lo que realmente sirve, Santo Padre, por favor hable con claridad.
    I cannot predict what would happen after that. I suppose it depends on how the translation goes.

  2. WK Aiken, the Pope thinks that he IS speaking clearly. That is the whole problem – he cannot accept that he actually is speaking ambiguously. The tradition of precision that Benedict XVI exemplified – almost scientific in its implementation – is not a part of the makeup of Pope Francis. It is foreign to him. He does not have either the aptitude nor the willingness to use such precision.

  3. Hi, Paul.
    Agreed on every point. But that does not prevent me from wishing, if it is my place to do so, that an outside element might be employed to try to illuminate this disconnect. Sometimes a non-sequitur such as a 56-year-old man who looks like an NFL linebacker holding a sign in Spanish that asks what is meant (or who one serves, depending) might just stick in a craw.
    It may be completely futile. All that may transpire is “pity on the poor man who cannot understand such lofty concepts.” Maybe I should append the text to say “Para que podamos saber lo que realmente sirve, Santo Padre, por favor hable con claridad a me.” He gets it when it’s personal.
    In any event, those are my thoughts.

  4. He will be in Philadelphia. As a Western Pennsylvanian who hates Philadelphia politics and the Philadelphia vote fraud that occurs every Presidential election, I can think of many places better to go visit for a first trip to the USA.

    Having said that, I’m not crossing Pennsylvania to see him. I won’t cross the street to see the current Roman Pontiff. I pray for his well being…and for the wisdom to resign and go back to Argentina for the rest of his days.

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