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September 24, 2015

Holy Hatchback – an open thread on the Pope and homeland security

Filed under: Climate Change,General Homeland Security,Immigration — by Arnold Bogis on September 24, 2015

Pope Fiat


Perhaps the largest “event” security operation ever in our history is unfolding before our eyes in real time on cable news and I still can’t help get over that this Pope is being transported around in a small Fiat hatchback.  Would anyone, can anyone, remark on the choice of vehicle in terms of security?

My (half) joke aside, I do want to elicit your opinions, views, and even random thoughts concerning Pope Francis’ visit as it impacts homeland security. I origninally thought to ask to keep remarks focused on the security aspect of his trip.  But it occurred to me that many of the subjects he has or is expected to talk about – immigration, climate change, financial inequality – are homeland security issues.

Much has already been written on the security efforts involved in each of the cities he will be visiting.  Has enough been done in terms of security?  Too much?

What about the impact of his words on homeland security related topics? Can he move the needle regarding these subjects, or will everyone listen politely and then go back to their previous thoughts/beliefs/opinions as soon as he leaves?

Picking one of his favorite topics, can income inequality/concern for the poor become a homeland security topic? Should it?

So…what do you think?

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Comment by William R. Cumming

September 24, 2015 @ 9:35 am

Of course the FIAT is heavily armored?

A new age of religion has dawned even as American Catholics by their actions reject even the Pope’s guidance from his infalliable throne and now speaking Ex CATHEDRA onissues impacting survival for much of humanity expect that message also will be rejected.

The American Lemmings just want to see what is at the bottom of the cliff?

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 24, 2015 @ 9:37 am

And what should be made of the many Catholics running for President or about to? Wonder if any will follow the JFK formulation on the need to follow Papal guidance even when it conflicts with the Constitution.

Comment by Mike Mealer

September 24, 2015 @ 3:38 pm

I would guess that in addition to the typical ambulance and heavy weapons van there is now a tow truck and mechanic.

Comment by Vicki Campbell

September 25, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

Well, I’m no Catholic, but there is something called Mary’s “Fiat” and Fiat spirituality more generally, wherein Mary’s Fiat refers to her call to “let thy will be done” and the “yes” of humble surrender to Divine Life and the move to total openness to God’s plan for one’s life. More importantly perhaps, Fiat spirituality problematizes spiritual individualism and emphasizes a more evangelical religious engagement and the primacy of person-to-person contact and actions, and the need to be more responsible to our communities, and diligently practice one’s faith throughout all aspects of life (social, economic, political, educational).

So, from the Pope’s perspective, the choice of cars may be no accident, and he may well be feeling a lot more secure in that little Fiat than we might otherwise imagine…..

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 27, 2015 @ 3:08 am

Noting that neither of the political parties in USA has adopted metrics for INCOME INEQUALITY or what is MIDDLE CLASS.

In 1962 book by Michael Harrington THE OTHER AMERICA he used federal poverty guidelines to determine the UNDERCLASS.

Noting again that the average earned income of Americans has been in decline for the last four decades adjusted to the 1970 dollar.

Comment by Hatchback Anthropologist

October 1, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

I enjoyed Vicki Campbell’s comments on the the term Fiat. I thought the Pope may have considered this as well, especially if the translation of Fiat into Italian or Spanish more closely emphasizes this relationship. The purpose of Mary’s fiat is to become an ACTIVE rather than passive or un-involved Christian and by choosing this small approachable, reachable and relatable vehicle, the Pope is putting his spiritual message into a physical one.

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