Reuters called it “a dramatic gesture.” Indeed. It was also a dishonest one, a self-aggrandizing, theatrical simulacra of humility by a well-protected man in the security of his own apartments. Moreover, having one’s shoes smooched is not a quotidian rite for visitors to the papal digs. Try to imagine Francis on his knees caressing the shoes of any Western leader in a plea for reconciliation of political divisions. President Trump’s shoes, you think?