Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A good example of unnecessary risk

Heaven-Sent: Vatican Airline Debuts

On Monday the Vatican inaugurated its latest venture: a low-cost charter airline to ferry thousands of Catholic pilgrims from Italy to popular religious sites around the world.

Did anyone at the Vatican consider the possible downside?


Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Prayerfully, no doubt.

Couldn't be worse than Karbala, where 'rival factions' are murdering each other in the name of different brands of god. Who coulda predicted that?

August 28, 2007 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry, you remind me of the guy on the Weather Channel who, when I get out of the shower and want to know whether I should dress for hot or cold that day, tells me all about the typhoon approaching Singapore.

August 29, 2007 3:13 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Granted, air travel is so darn safe anymore that the Vatican's downside risk is very small.

But the downside magnitude of something similar to, say, this

Why put people's faith on the line?

August 29, 2007 4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wise counsel indeed. Obviously the Vatican has forgotten the mass crisis in faith that occurred when it made attendance at Mass an obligation and people started getting injured in traffic.

August 29, 2007 6:10 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


Perhaps; however this presents several additional problems:

1. A whole lot more eggs in one basket.

2. About 6 orders of magnitude more news coverage for an airline mishap v. car accident.

3. The explicit tie in between the Vatican, the transportation, and the destination.

Just to be certain you understand: I am not hoping for a mishap, and would not welcome the impact upon the faithful.

It just seems to me the magnitude of the downside swamps even the very minimal risk of it occurring.

August 29, 2007 11:07 AM  

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