There was no one there to assist him as a gust of wind twice brought him to his knees – a 78 yr old man struggling with sciatica and carrying his own bag boarding the plane to Philadelphia just a few minutes ago. What is the matter with these buffoons from American Airlines to the Pope’s security team? Despite my disagreements with this OCP, I find his treatment to be unacceptable.
With respect to the treatment of the pope by the flight attendants and the papal security team at JFK, my wife, the better-half of this duo of some 52 years as of tomorrow, brought up an interesting point saying: “maybe they were told not to help him because he wants to do things himself.” And I think there may be some truth to that. But, IMO, he’s not just one of the guys or, as he seemingly prefers to be called “the Bishop of Rome” but the Vicar of Christ on earth. And, though I freely admit that he does not act like that sometimes, to me he still deserves and can expect to receive, whether he likes it or not, assistance when in distress. For example, if he were to tell me something like: “no. leave me alone, I can handle it” I would respond: “I’m sorry, holy father, but it is my duty and obligation to assist you when you need it; I can do nothing else.” Now, I think I would be obliged as a Catholic to render such aid but the bystanders are under no such obligation. Still, when I viewed him at Philadelphia, it seemed that things had changed and suddenly there was assistance rendered at each elbow by the staff. Do you think they got the message? What say you?