Pope Francis encourages Catholics to 'choose a more humble' car
If you want a 'fancy' car, 'think about how many children are dying of hunger,' Pope says.
Only a few months after being named head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis is already making his mark by eschewing traditional papal trappings. he has chosen to live in a Vatican guest house rather than the luxurious apartments occupied by his predecessors. And now he’s encouraging the clergy and his millions of followers to avoid driving ostentatious luxury cars.
“It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can't do this,” Pope Francis recently said, according to Reuters. “A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world.”
This may sound a bit disingenuous coming from someone who recently received the keys to the new Mercedes-Benz "popemobile” from Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche (pictured above). But Pope Francis also received a less ostentatious and more environmentally friendly Smart eBike from Zetsche.
The latest popemobile is a Mercedes-Benz M-Class outfitted with a high-security glass bubble that allows the pope to see and be seen when he cruises among crowds of admirers without compromising his safety. It replaced a modified G-Class that has been in the Vatican fleet since 2002.
Zetsche and the pope also discussed Daimler's goal to make the company’s vehicles more environmentally friendly by investing 10.8 billion euros in “green” research and development, according to Mercedes-Benz.
Zetsche also detailed Daimler’s funding of projects in social science, education and art as well as the company’s charitable efforts. In 2012, the Daimler donated 58 million euros ($74.7 million) to nonprofit institutions and social projects around the globe, Zetsche said.
Even though Pope Francis is encouraging his flock to shun showy luxury cars, the Vatican’s relationship with Mercedes-Benz vehicles -- which stretches back to 1930 with a Nürburg 460 Pullman saloon for Pope Pius XI -- isn’t likely to change. We can't see him riding in crowds on his new eBike, and a popemobile Toyota Prius probably isn’t in the immediate future.
Please recall he frequently used the city bus to commute before he became Pope.
He is on the same page as one of our pastors who had the courage to recommend to our congreagation to consider their transportation choice in terms of how it affected the environment, did they really need a large luxury car, etc. On the day he gave that homily our church parking lot was filled with expensive SUV's. And he walked - or drove-trhe talk-a Prius.
It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can't do this,” Pope Francis recently said, . “A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world.”
Can anyone here read? He was not talking about us. He was talking about the cars of priests and nuns. Geez
PS I am not a Catholic but I think he is actually trying to make changes in the church.
Why don't these religious do gooders tell their followers to stop making hungry children for the rest of us to feed.
The world is totally over populated.
This is good advice, from anyone to everyone.
Driving an expensive car is a demonstration of greed & vanity, traits condoned by just about any brand of religion you to subscribe to. The only good wealthy people are the "millionaires next door" because you would never guess they are millionaires. Not a Cadillac, McMansion, or Chanel purse in sight.
I was raised Catholic, and the faith has a lot of problems. I do wish we would reverse the stance on birth control. Our planet is overcrowded and depleting norenewable resources at an accelerating pace. I hold anyone who is fertile but chooses to adopt in high regard.
It is also shameful & selfish if you drive gas guzzler (or a "soldier killer", in my opinion; our young die in wars for oil). The only thing that can justify a gas guzzler is a person in every seat belt, for every trip made.
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