CNN has posted what an only be called a cheap shot at American bishops.
This is yellow journalism.
The story, HERE, is about the “lavish” residences of some bishops.
The piece starts out with an rookie … or rather unprofessional… error, that is, the suggestion that the personal residence of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, is some sort of studio apartment over the local mercado. It cost a hell of a lot of money to get the building ready for the Pope to live in, and it ain’t cheap to provide security there. But poverty can be expensive.
In any event, Fishwrap took this tack a while back. HERE
The idea CNN and Fishwrap are proffering is that unless His Excellency (or just plain “Bill”) lives in a box over a grate and drinks from puddles on the sidewalk, he must be some sort of heartless sybarite. The hitch is that, no matter how humbly an American bishop would choose to live, his life couldn’t possibly suck enough for liberals and dissidents. The next article would be “ARCHBISHOP HAS LAVISH DRINKING PUDDLE”. ”Why?”, they would cry “Why was this puddle not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor undocumented children?”
Meanwhile, I await the CNN and Fishwrap article which praise His Excellency, the Extraordinary Ordinary, Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, whose residence, though still of almost rococo elegance, is in a less than opulent neighborhood.
Note the elegant (power) lines, the superb architraves which caress the windows, the balustrade and corbels of the balcony with its subtle and yet insouciant jut, the whimsy of the kitchen’s stove-hood vent: