We all know that Pope Benedict would not want to be completely surrounded by bullet proof glass everywhere he went.
On the other hand, security around our Popes has been relatively light.
The use of the sedia gestatoria would both help people to see the Pope and also protect him from the sort of attack that took place on Christmas Eve in the Basilica. You could put a line of Swiss Guards on either sides. Frankly, I would prefer Recon Marines, but the Pope doesn’t have them available.
Some would argue that by raising the Pope higher he would be an easier target to shoot. I think if someone wanted to shoot the Pope, he would shoot the Pope even if he wasn’t on the sedia gestatoria.
Some would argue that the sedia gestatoria sends the wrong message about what Catholics think about Popes. I say we can answer those questions easily. The knuckleheads who want to cling to the falsehoods about Catholics will cling to them no matter what we explain.
I am sure there are other pros and cons.
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