a reply to: Akragon
I haven't seen the show, and I've only got an historical acquaintance with the way the Catholic Church operates.
However, I've seen enough of Hollywood to guess that the show probably over-simplifies, following accepted conventions rather than practical
For example, there's the convention that man-at-the-top, the hero, has to do everything himself
. No delegating. Captain Kirk used to be in
dereliction of his duty almost every episode; that is he would abandon his command deck, which was where the commander belongs, in order to go down to
a planet and undertake tasks which should have been entrusted to one of his junior officers. Or "Independence Day"; the President has
to do the
job in person.
That's why man-at-the-top is made younger than he normally would be in real life, so that he can be Action Man at the same time. The historical
division of labour between the young men who fight and the older men who stay at home making the decisions is completely thrown over.
The whole premise of the show takes us into that pattern. So I'm willing to guess that this Pope doesn't delegate much. He does everything himself.
There will be little sign that he has to work through a massive complex bureaucracy. Any crusty old official who raises objections can be brushed
aside with a stroke of the pen.
Is there an humanitarian crisis in India, with the local Catholic mission running short of money? This Pope won't waste time making public appeals for
donations, or even instructing his bankers to arrange a money transfer. He wil go down the corridor to the Treasurer's office and insist on having the
safe opened. Removing several wads of high denomination notes, he will stuff them in a bag and take his private plane (flying it himself) so that he
can deliver the money to India in person.
While he is there, he is faced with another emergency. A huge tidal wave suddenly appears out of nowhere, without previous warning, and bears down
upon the coast. Everybody on the beach shouts "No!" (because that is another obligatory convention). Then the Pope steps out of the crowd, holds up
his right hand, and cries "No, in God's name!" So the tidal wave suddenly stops short and retreats, leaving the sea clear and smooth.
Are they looking for script writers?
edit on 30-1-2017 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)