New Pope would help church by restructuring its priorities

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Apparently, Pope Francis told Argentinians not to travel to Rome to celebrate if he was appointed but to give their money to the poor instead.

It is to be hoped this is true, because if so it may herald the arrival of a pontiff prepared to question some of the obscenely expensive flummery which surrounds Catholicism.

In recent years, the church has operated as more of a tainted business than a religion, using the excuse that it does so to protect the interests of its 1.2 billion followers.

Meanwhile, millions of these people live in grinding poverty while the church elite waft around in comparative luxury.

Pope Francis could do his church a great service by restructuring its priorities.

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