With what credentials did John Paul II and Benedict XVI travel to other countries? As head of state for the Vatican City? No doubt Francis will do the same, and it is said that Benedict XVI also kept his German passport. Therefore, one should not see the renewal of his passport as a repudiation of the sovereign status of Vatican City. Still, if the pope were to renounce his political independence, should he not then be a citizen of Rome or the Italian state, if he is bishop of Rome? Where should his political loyalties be? To another polity or state or people? The pope, like all Christians, should love all, but if we hold to the order of charity, his political community would have priority over other political communities.
Edit. There is a "second-hand" report circulating that Pope Francis did indeed express his desire to travel using his Argentinian passport: BERGOGLIO, Jorge Mario. Is the source reliable? If so, does Pope Francis intend to do so and not use his official credentials as the head of Vatican City at all? Does Francis's decision, then, differ from what Benedict did? (I have not found "official" confirmation that Benedict XVI retrained his German passport but did not use it; this "fact" was repeated by various people on posts about Francis's renewal of his Argentinian passport.)
"The leaders of the three ordinariates - the structures set up to allow former Anglican clergy and lay people to enter the full communion of the Catholic Church, bringing with them much of their Anglican heritage - have met together for the first time to forge closer ties and discuss their growth and development...."
Old habits die hard? Even now there is resistance to the novel teachings of lawful resistance, regicide and other acts against an illegitimate temporal power. I don't expect the Church to ever denounce the modern nation-state as being illegitimate in itself, much less sanction violent means to secure and protect the common good of a community from usurpers.
How does the temporal order enact divine justice? How does God's mercy harmonize with His justice? Over the weekend I glanced briefly at an Orthodox writer's discussion of the two. While justice cannot be sufficient, as there must be charity which motivates and directs, is "human" justice a concession to a fallen world? Or is there something more "postive" to its being necessary?
When was the last time I went to Togo's? 2012? Prices have gone up and the quantity of meat has gone down? Still a better choice than Subway? What sorts of additives/chemicals are present in the ingredients used by Togo's? No Jimmy John's around here. Any other gourmet sandwich chains? There's a local one, Ike's Lair, but I wasn't impressed by the sandwiches. I could make a better sandwich, though cold cuts and bread are not healthy, from a paleo/whole foods perspective.
Given that we will have a severe drought this year, what sort of impact will water restrictions have on those people who have gardens and rely upon them for a substantial amount of their food? The question of whether suburbia can be salvaged in a post-peak oil age has been answered by various people - have those who claim it can be looked at the question of water? Without taking Divine Providence into account, What is the carrying capacity of California if these drought conditions are the norm for several decades or more? Are there too many people living in the Bay Area for it to be sustainable?
Would state/federal assistance and subsidies be given to all farmers and gardeners equally? Or would Industrial Ag be the main beneficiary, because the national welfare is at steak. (California produces much of the food that the rest of the country eats, after all.) What would be the response of state and local governments if more people had to resort to gardening in order to survive? (Though it is probably more likely that the on-going exodus from California would increase in size first.)