France seems to be having some trouble with church and state in the midst of the passing of the Pope.

Frankly, I do not see what the problem is. These are separate institutions, or should be, but that does not mean they cannot honor one another as appropriate or show respect at the passing of respective leaders. Frankly, I do not see what the state’s activities have to do with any one person in this matter. They are not impinging on the freedom of others and they are not saying that you have to do this or that beyond a strong urging, so far as I can see. This is just the government of France recognizing the death of a significant spiritual leader.

Then again, I may feel very differently about it if I were French myself and living in France for this.