From the freethinker Magazine, we find that 200 portable, open-air confessionals have been set up in Madrid’s Retiro Park in honor of the Pope’s visit. I wonder if they’ll be used during the abortion holiday, when the Pope has granted a week of easy absolution for that mortal sin.
As the article documents, many Spanish are angry because the Pope’s visit will cost around 70 million dollars, most of it footed by pilgrims or Spanish businesses. But think how many lives that money could save if spent wisely in, say, Africa. And there will be other costs, too:
But critics are calling the claims ridiculous. Father Rodríguez [a Spanish priest who works among the poor] and others who signed the 10-page petition say the costs are always fuzzy when the Pope swans to town. They suspect that the cost of extra security, of collecting trash and of stress on health systems will add up to millions for taxpayers. For one thing, the pilgrims have been granted an 80 percent discount on public transportation, which some find particularly galling because subway fares just went up by 50 percent.
There are also reports that Spain is blocking public access to social media sites that could be used to plan counter-Pope demonstrations.