What Next: Healing on the Sabbath?
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  • Ben Lombardi

    I am what you would call a traditional Catholic. I am also completely unoffended by what the Pope did in washing the feet of a Muslim and a women. The act is supposed to be about love and humility, not dogma. I do not, for one single second, believe that Islam is a peaceful religion or that it is compatible with Christianity (despite what JP2 wrote), but a Muslim is still a human being and entitled to have his human dignity respected. That is, to my mind, what the ritual of washing feet signifies, nothing else.
    I am leery of Pope Francis’s demand that the chuirch be a “poor” institution, because I fear that he places too much faith (a carefully chosen word) on the liberation theology his part of the world is famous for. But, so far, I am quite relaxed about his deviations from tradition — you are absolutely correct, Jesus was never PC!

  • charlesrwilliams

    The pope can change the liturgy as he chooses but is it a good thing for the pope to violate his own rules? At the very least the Vatican should announce that a change in the rules is in the works. It is not humility for the legislator to put himself above the law.

    The rules here are very clear. The men whose feet are to be washed represent the hierarchy and the message is that the hierarchy should imitate Jesus Christ in serving others.

    It would have been better for Pope Francis to do the foot washing before the mass and then change the rules.

    Part of the problem here is the large number of Catholic priests who act as if the liturgy is theirs to play around with as they see fit. Pope Francis has encouraged this arrogance and disorder by his actions.

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