I beg to differ.
|Pope St Pius X, with tiara and robe|
A "non-humble" pope?
The homilist elaborated on Pope Francis' refusal of the red papal slippers, saying that Pope Francis felt no need for them since "he had other shoes". Perhaps both the homilist and Pope Francis need to be reminded that the red color is a somber reminder that the pope must be prepared to shed his blood in defense of the Faith, as indeed many of the popes (particularly during the first few centuries) did.
I do not think for one moment that Pope Francis is the first to feel discomfort at the thought of assuming the traditions of the papacy. However, it seems that the others understood that these traditions had diddly-squat to do with their personal preferences. In true humility they put aside their personal opinions and adopted the traditions, vestments, living quarters, etc attendant with papal traditions in order to point to Jesus Christ the King, in Whose stead they acted.
Am I saying that Pope Francis displayed lack of humility by not accepting the traditional garb of the papacy? No, for that itself is not sufficient basis for such an opinion (although the eschewing of papal traditions has been a harbinger of other problems). By the same token though, there is no basis for stating that he displayed humility by eschewing papal traditions as today's homilist erroneously claimed.