By Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
I was appalled and distressed to read that scalpers are trying to sell tickets online to see the pope. Now an example on Craigslist is one person is offering a ticket for $2,500 and two tickets for $3,000 for the Central Park event, for which there were 40,000 pairs of tickets given out via a lottery system. These tickets were offered for these people to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the pope for free.
I think greed knows no bounds. Furthermore, I believe this goes against everything Pope Francis stands for. As a Catholic and as a Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 in Douglaston, I find this most disturbing. Pope Francis is a beacon of light in a most troubling world and is concerned for all mankind. He wants to safeguard our world and to insure actions to be taken to protect our Earth from further destruction which our creator has given us to live upon in true harmony.
These people who are trying to sell these tickets do not understand what Pope Francis is all about. I think these scalpers should atone for this most egregious sin by giving these tickets to the poor and those in great spiritual pain. Now that would take a great leap of faith that I hope truly happens.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village