Pope Francis Auctions Off His Harley-Davidson


If someone told me a year ago that this would be a real headline…

Don’t get me wrong – when it comes to the Pope Francis Catholic Reaction-o-Meter, I’ll have you know that my results place me squarely in the “happy humbled mildly confused pleasantly surprised inspired challenged” group of Catholics.  Yes, it’s a big group.

Anyway, the Harley.

Back in June, Pope Francis was given a 1,585 cc Harley-Davidson Super Glide as a gift by the famous motorcycle company.

He signed his name, “Francesco,” on the gas tank.  Nobody knows if he ever rode it.


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But now, he’s selling it.  Story here.  The holy chopper will be auctioned off on February 6.  The proceeds will go to the Society of St. Pius X.

Okay, not funny.  No, the money will go to the poor.  It will be used to renovate a soup kitchen in Rome.

By the way, this is a great little story.  Pope sells Harley, gives money to the poor – fantastic.  But I fully expect one day to open the paper and see “Pope Francis sells Vatican, gives money to the poor.”

No, not kidding.


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  • Rosalie

    Ok, FYI, it’s not that we Catholics don’t want to sell the Vatican (and trust me, Pope Francis probably would if he could) but we simply CANNOT sell the Vatican because most of the artifacts belong to the Italian state government. The “great wealth of the Vatican” is actually a myth. It is a cultural landmark! Like a museum that you can pray at. All of the artifacts are actually worth less then a euro to keep the Pope from selling them – if he tried, Italy has the right to take back the Vatican. Even with the knowledge now in your mind, don’t be like Judas, who was chastised by Jesus when he attempted to stop Mary Magdalene from pouring priceless oil on the Lord’s holy feet(John 12:3-6).. Materialistic beauty can be pleasing to the Lord, especially when it benefits our souls.

    • m haitz

      About your remark that, “Italy has the right to take back the Vatican” – sorry, but this is not true.

      Under the terms of the 1929 Lateran Treaty between the State of Italy and the Holy See, Italy cannot ‘take back’ the Vatican (unless, I guess, that it wanted to use force).

      Furthermore, the Vatican City State was established via a treaty between states and not just a law (which could easily be amended).



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