Much has already been discussed about the new pope being a humble man who denied himself some of the luxuries provided to previous cardinals in his country’s capital, Buenos Aires, but his actions Wednesday further hammered home the point.
Bergoglio was known to ride the bus to work in Argentina, and did so going to and from the hotel where the cardinals participating in the conclave stayed this week.
Dolan told reporters the surprising story of how the newly elected pope decided to take the bus back to the hotel Wednesday with the rest of the cardinals instead of riding in the Holy Father’s car.
“So we take the buses over and cardinals kind of wait outside to greet the new Holy Father as he comes back to Doma Santa Marta…and as the last bus pulls up, guess who gets off the bus? Pope Francis,” Dolan said. “So I guess he told the driver, ‘That’s OK. I’ll just go with the guys on the bus.’”
Now that's just awesome.
Seriously, I know that some people are already engaging in preemptive hand-wringing so that if Pope Francis ever does something they don't like they'll be able to congratulate themselves on having been prepared for it, whatever it is. Meanwhile, having just been elevated to the papacy, Pope Francis quietly climbs aboard the last of the buses heading back to Doma Santa Marta. I get the feeling this is going to be an interesting papacy...
...and the next time liberal nuns are on about their politically motivated liberal activist bus trips, I can honestly say, "So what? The pope rides the bus too. But he's still faithful to the Church's teachings, and you can be too."
UPDATE: Be sure to see the picture Deacon Kandra shared--as the deacon notes, the new Holy Father didn't even sit up front or take a window seat! :)