I read your blog daily and I have come to the conclusion that you are the Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, of our day. Like him you record your real time experiences in the epi-center of power, Rome, rather than Versailles. Like him, you bemoan the disconnect with the past: in ceremony, etiquette, rank and fashion. Like him you are highly moral and idealistic in an increasingly decadent society, a voice crying in the desert. In his day he was considered an insignificant complaining gadfly and ignored, but history has proven him invaluable to understanding the decline and final abolition of the French monarchy. Keep up the good work.
I think, but I may be mistaken, that you are confusing the Vatican flag with the flag of the USA. I know that in the US you are very careful about never letting your flag touch the ground. But, in other countries this is not so. Flags can touch the ground and it means no disrespect.
Did Benedict bring back the Pontifical Gendarmeries????
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