On Wednesday Pope Francis was presented with a brand new Lamborghini Huracan by Lambo CEO Stefano Domenicali and members of the board. The Lamborghini Huracan with gold stripes and gold-rimmed wing mirrors which now sells between US$200,000 – US$225, 000 has a six hundred-and-ten metric horsepower.
And yet upon receiving it the Pope Francis graced and signed on the bonnet of the super white car and sent it off to Sotheby’s auction house to take good care of the needful. In a statement from the makers of the automobile, it was confirmed that the exotic ride will be auctioned and the proceeds donated to charity.
“The car will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s on 12 May 2018, with the proceeds delivered directly to the Holy Father, who decided to allocate them to the Pontifical Foundation “Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre” (Aid to the Church in Need), the Pope John XXIII Community, GICAM headed by Dr. MarcoLanzetta (hand surgeon) and “Amiciper il Centrafrica” (Friends of Central Africa).”
The Christian community finds this gesture commendable. By auctioning the luxurious ride, Pope Francis has failed to betray his simple personality which he is much loved for.
Parts of the proceed from the auction will go to the rebuilding of homes destroyed by ISIS in Nineveh Plains in Iraq; an Italian association helping victims of sex trafficking and prostitute rings and two other organizations supporting vulnerable women and children.
The news about the auctioning of the Pope’s Lamborghini is not new per se. This is the pope who didn’t mind riding in a bus after his canonization in 2013. He currently lives in a simple apartment in the grounds of the Vatican instead of a well furnished Apostolic Palace.
This is an example that should speak to modern day luxury-friendly clergy and pastors. In an era where church leaders are high on private jets, the pontiff chooses to stick to his humble “Popemobile”, a Ford car slightly modified for security purposes.
This is not the first time the austerity pontiff has pushed off the use of luxury and fancy property. In 2014, the Pope auctioned a Harley-Davidson motorcycle which ended up selling at $284, 000 which is multiple times more than the normal price. The motorcycle jacket which was signed by Pope Francis also sold for nearly US$68,000.
In 2015 an iPad which belonged to Pope Francis was seen at Castells auction house in Montevideo. It sold for $30,500.
Pope Francis discourages the rising idolatry of money and luxury toys. On a different occasion, the Pope said this:
“It hurts me when I see a priest or nun with the latest model car. You can’t do this. Just think of how many children die of hunger and dedicate the savings to them.”
In our time it is hard to merge the gospel of contentment and the “go-on-getting” motto in the world right now. It is harder when some pastors and clergy enjoy luxury properties that the lay man cannot afford. The irony is rubbed in when they preach against the love for the “things of the world”; the “vanity is vanity” gospel.
Core Christians and indeed individuals with deepened spirituality revere simplicity and poverty(by choice). By poverty we do not refer to penury where one depends on others for basic needs. The Catholic faith preaches the conscious decision to carry others along with the much you have at the expense of one’s secondary wants and longings that money can buy. It is placing charity above the insatiable luxurious lifestyle.