Romes clergy tailors find a subdued mood under low-key Pope Francis | National Catholic Reporter

Romes clergy tailors find a subdued mood under low-key Pope Francis | National Catholic Reporter.

Dear friends,

I’m back from Lima, but still in recuperating mode. All the energy expended in the weeks before the meeting plus the meeting itself took more of a toll than I expected. I have much to share in the days ahead, but just need some time to process all that has been before I lunge into all that will be. 😉

In the meanwhile, here’s a great piece from the National Catholic Reporter on a topic that always fascinated me – and not in a good way. There is a new man in town, and his simplicity is shaming cardinals , bishops and priests who desire to wrap themselves in princely garb. Pope Francis sent a message to the newly appointed Cardinals preparing for their upcoming installation, “I ask you, please, to receive this designation with a simple and humble heart. And, while you must do so with pleasure and joy, ensure that this sentiment is far from any expression of worldliness or from any form of celebration contrary to the evangelical spirit of austerity, sobriety and poverty.”

Apparently, our good man from Buenos Aires recycled the robes from his predecessor when he was granted the Cardinal reds in 2001! The simplicity of Francis is good news for all who eschew excessive pomp and clericalism. Apparently it is bad news for the high end clerical tailors.