Ditch the flashy cars, Pope tells priests

Ditch the flashy cars, Pope tells priests: Pontiff tells Vatican trainees that having latest model is not the route to happiness

  • Pope has urged priests to follow his example and stop driving flashy cars
  • The Pope himself is driven around in a modestly-priced Ford Focus

By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 20:35, 7 July 2013 | UPDATED: 20:35, 7 July 2013
Pope Francis said on Saturday it pained him to see priests driving flashy cars, and told them to pick something more ‘humble’.

As part of his drive to make the Catholic Church more austere and focus on the poor, Francis told young and trainee priests and nuns from around the world that having the latest smartphone or fashion accessory was not the route to happiness.

Modest: Pope FrancisModest: Pope Francis warned trainee priests and nuns not to be materialistic

‘It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can’t do this,’ he 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,’ he said.

Car of choice: Pope Francis is driven around the Vatican City in a modestly-priced Ford FocusCar of choice: Pope Francis is driven around the Vatican City in a modestly-priced Ford Focus

Since succeeding Pope Benedict in March, the former cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has eschewed some of the more ostentatious trappings of his office.
He has chosen to live in a Vatican guest house rather than the opulent papal apartments.

The ANSA news agency said the pope’s car of choice for moving around the walled Vatican City was a compact Ford Focus.


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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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6 Responses to Ditch the flashy cars, Pope tells priests

  1. Ladislaus L D'Souza says:

    Excellent! Very apt advice. Change begins at the top and the Pope has proved it. He noticed their fancy cars. He has yet to notice the civil garb they wear and the accessories they use – designer labels, latest styles, flashiest of colours, gold chains, sterling silver ring Rosaries… As for the mobile phones they possess, they’d probably put Bill Gates and Obama to shame!
    Keep it up Holy Father Francis! We’re with you!!

    • janice says:

      Rightly said. To-day wearing a cassock especially when parish visiting, visitng the sick at home/hospitals, official functions i.e. school/weddings etc is. not done.Some wear the alb for sick calls. Civies is the in thing. A cassock draws respect from even non Christians. I have heard some priests say they last stitched a cassock for their ordination.!! Wow!! Some wear the alb for mass and its considered ok. Iknow the Redemptorists much wear the cassock and alb for mass. Its time there are strict directives from the top but how many will follow those directives.?!

      • Hello Janice, I have seen one who wears skin tight jeans and pointed cuban heal shoes, the saving grace is he wears a black shirt with the white collar.
        Fancy fellow must say.

  2. As I have said before, in today’s day and age, becoming a priest or a nun is a good career option. This rot that exists is because the putrid system of secular/diocesan clergy exists. NO VOW OF POVERTY> The sky is the limit in the worldly goods arena

  3. Of course, to become a priest or a nun is the ideal career today, A lot of authority, No accountability, good food and drink, expensive cars and at time a thick packet to send home to build a palace in the native place. We the laity have to only Pay, Pray and Obey, and dance around the helms and shoe laces. Of course there are those who like to be a part of this to share the unholy crumbs that fall from the banquet table.
    Its encouraging to realise the the laity are now aware of the same and are asking questions. We demand accountability and will continue our thirst for the same.
    2013 will be a watershed year. print of this sent to The Holy Father, he must know whats happening here at The Archdiocese of Bombay and India.

  4. The only way as I see it is to abolish this farcical system of secular/diocesan priests; no vow of poverty, no accountability; obedience to whom or what ??? Celibacy is another farce. When an affair is exposed our clergy are tops in the raunchiest; really stuff of which a porn movie can be made.
    The very core of our clergy is in jeopardy; this is not because the norms laid down are wrong; they are difficult for NORMAL humans to follow; but Jesus DID NOT ask for NORMAL human beings to be HIS ministers; HE asked for extraordinary, devoted super humans to leave everything worldly and follow HIM. THIS, WHAT HE SAID, HAS LONG BEEN FORGOTTEN.
    What a mess we are in. Here comes some sort of country bumpkin Pope who cooked his own meals, travelled by public transport, lived in a small apartment, AND DOES NOT WEAR ALL THE FANCY JEWELS, trying to find a way out of this quagmire of cheating and everything that is UN-CHRISTLIKE, and be sure these rogues are not going to let him correct the horrible path they are on.
    JESUS do you really think there is NO HOPE ??? Please answer your people O LORD !!!

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