In an effort to prevent folks from scalping their tickets to see the Pope, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington will be requiring everyone attending events with the Pope to present valid government ID. I’ll bet Mexicans Without Borders will be absolutely thrilled. Didn’t they just raise a stink recently about this kind of requirement being imposed in the county’s public schools so the schools could ensure that sex offenders wouldn’t be wandering around using false identification documents? I can’t wait to see who is more accommodating to illegal aliens — the Prince William County Schools which now accepts the fraud-prone Matricula Consular and other equivalents, or the Archdiocese of Washington.
Thereports that every ticket for the mass will be tied to a name, and each adult wanting to get in will have to show a government issued ID…
Liz Kay of the Baltimore Sun says tickets could be revoked if ticket holders do not have identification.
“if the identification of the person didn’t match the seat that it was assigned to, the Archdiocese could actually cancel that ticket,” Kay says. “They are keeping pretty close watch.”
There’s a disturbing irony here about people attempting to personally profit from a papal visit. It vaguely brings to mind this potential enforcement effort:
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