"In the footnotes you find the fine print, which is tricky." - Pope Francis
|A tricky footnote in fine print|
Nuzzi continues for two more pages about the Pope’s castigation of the Cardinals, then arrives at the point where Francis explains how to look at or read a contract making certain the cardinals know how to do this correctly so as to keep Vatican costs under control.
Just after Francis demands “C-l-a-r-i-t-y” (Apparently he spells it out to get his point across that all estimates and contracts must be clear) we read Francis’ astounding (and recorded) words:
“It is no exaggeration to say that most of our costs are out of control. This is a fact. We always have to check the legality and clarity of contracts with the utmost attention. Contracts can be very tricky, right? The contract might be clear but in the footnotes you find the fine print–that’s what it’s called, right?–which is tricky. Examine it carefully!” (p.14)
Francis certainly understands c-l-a-r-i-t-y since he instructed others that they should be mindful of it. He understands the importance of a “tricky” footnote written in fine print at the bottom of a page because, well, in his own words, “Footnotes in fine print are tricky!” And he says that we must “examine them carefully!” That’s what we’re doing, Holy Father!
It seems to me, in all c-l-a-r-i-t-y, that like a sly fox, Francis knows what he’s doing.