Last night Ale and I went to Plaza de Mayo; we wanted to see all the hoopla for ourselves. While walking around the plaza and the Metropolitan Cathedral across the street, Ale expressed sadness and disappointment at the “festival-like” feel of the evening. This post, which is being groomed for submission to The Huffington Post, grew out of her comments.
Between the people sleeping in the park, the faithful present to witness history and cash changing hands, it was hard to tell if this was 2013 or the first century church in action.
Selling everything from buttons with the new popes image to posters, calendars, greetings cards and toy swords, anyone that wanted to make a peso was in Plaza de Mayo.
As thousands of Argentines moved into the plaza to hold an all night vigil prior to the installment of the new pope at 5am (local time), vendors hawking cheap plastic Tchotchkes moved into the plaza with them.
Being good capitalists, vendors were selling their Pope Francis memorabilia right up to the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral where Jorge Mario Bergoglio was Bishop prior to being elevated to his Eminence.
Meanwhile, across the street the homeless watched, many feeling there was no place for them in the celebration of a new pope.
Apparently many in the crowd forgot the words of Jesus when He said, “He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”
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