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This might be my favorite sentence of the day:

The buzz around the Borgo Pio this afternoon was the pope taking the regular employee elevator today. There is an excitement here.

OMG! He took a regular elevator! He rode back to the Vatican in a bus instead of a limousine! He’s not wearing the red shoes! This is becoming like Tiger Beat for the papal set.

I don’t really begrudge Catholics their excitement over the selection of a new pope. But enough’s enough. There’s really no sign yet that Francis can—or even wants to—change the way the church is run in any significant way. Riding in an elevator sure isn’t one. After all, Jimmy Carter wore cardigans, and how far did that get him?


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