April 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm
I had not had the occasion to share this fact with you and your readers, Steve e.: but, recently, a “New Church” (my phraseology) religious sister returned from a visit to Rome at Easter: she and her congregation are very pro-Bergoglio, and she commented that she had attended one of the Easter papal general audiences.
She also commented how sad it was that people seemed not to be supporting Pope Francis: she added that she and others who went to attend the audience on her particular day were actually paid, I repeat, paid, to attend the audience. I was so astounded that I didn’t think quickly enough at the time to ask how many Euros–just as well, because I didn’t want to seem too interested. I said it was indeed sad to hear.
Now, those who know Rome also know that very often, esp. under P. John Paul II and P. Benedict XVI that tickets were needed in advance for certain occasions—but they were free, and obtained either from one of the religious orders or congregations, if you knew whom to ask, or usually from the Vatican office at the Port of the Clock. No one, ever, received payment for attending!
So, even the Bergoglio-istas are aware of the lens image of unpopularity.
It is really bad.
If this is true...