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Pope breaks rules as he washes feet of
disabled people in pre-Easter ritual

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Drive, 4/18/2014 8:18:06 AM

ROME - Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave." Francis´ decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and Muslim inmates at a juvenile detention center helped define his rule-breaking papacy just two weeks after his election. It riled traditionalist Catholics, who pointed to the Vatican´s own regulations that the ritual be performed only on men since Jesus´ 12 apostles were men.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 4/18/2014 8:38:31 AM     (No. 9815411)

Apparently this Pope is a bit more thoughtful than "traditionalist Catholics".....All people are equal in the eyes of God.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Gretchen, 4/18/2014 8:59:28 AM     (No. 9815443)

Has nothing to do with "being equal in the eyes of God", friend. It has to do with a solemn ritual of the Church that comes from Jesus´ washing of the feet of the Apostles -- as He served and loved them so they ought to serve and love others. The Church ritual in Rome (until Pope Francis) has always mirrored the Scriptures and was a solemn event for urging those in the priesthood to love and serve as did Christ. Unfortunately, it has now become....something else in our PC day and age. Please keep in mind that progressives are dedicated to over turning and destroying tradition and traditional practices, all in the name of good. The Pope seems to be a jolly enough pontif. The question is, is that the kind of pope we need as the world heads for war, and persecution of Christians is at an all time high.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Drive, 4/18/2014 9:05:53 AM     (No. 9815450)

Oh please. The only reason Jesus washed his Apostles feet is that they were in hiding and not in the general public. Washing the feet of anybody is else is not PC, it is demonstrating servitude which is why Jesus did that. pope Francis did that for years in Argentina. Some Ldotters are determined to equate him with liberalism without knowing anything about the church.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: yourblueroom, 4/18/2014 9:06:54 AM     (No. 9815452)

no "rules" were broken here. nor does the writer of this article quote any "traditionalist" Catholics to back up his contention that "rules" were broken. my Catholic parish priest has been washing the feet of 6 men and 6 women for many Good Fridays now. and my parish is by no means "liberal" or "non-traditional".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: WAN2, 4/18/2014 9:14:33 AM     (No. 9815467)

I pray he wore gloves.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Gretchen, 4/18/2014 9:15:02 AM     (No. 9815470)

#3, if you are a cradle Catholic, you most likely have little understanding of this Church ritual. Please read up on it. As to other parishes doing this for years, yes, the ritual was abrogated a long time ago. It is little wonder that the priesthood has suffered so, since it has been so diminished. Viva the laity!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/18/2014 9:46:41 AM     (No. 9815525)

Fourteen years of Catholic education transformed me into a devout and committed agnostic.

They taught me to say:"I don´t know.".....

when I don´t know.

Education is a risky business when an institution harbors an inflexible dogma.

But I am forever grateful.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mre, 4/18/2014 10:42:17 AM     (No. 9815598)

If he were truly the Vicar of Christ, he would lay hands on the disabled and deformed and heal them, not simply wash their feet.

Still, his actions and words are refreshing and spiritually encouraging.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tinnyanko, 4/18/2014 10:44:25 AM     (No. 9815601)

Why so many snarky comments? Remember this is from AP

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mitzi, 4/18/2014 11:02:41 AM     (No. 9815637)

Last year there was a Vatican statement that would certainly apply today:

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the pope’s decision was “absolutely licit” for a rite that is not a church sacrament. Francis also took into account “the real situation, the community where one celebrates,” Lombardi added.

I don´t know any Catholics who were "riled." We´re all fine with it.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: OhMy, 4/18/2014 11:26:55 AM     (No. 9815670)

The pope did not break any rules. He carried out a ritual that all pastors around the world do on Holy Thursday. This is based on John 13:1-15. This was practiced in a scattered way throughout church history but was restored in 1955 when Pius XII inserted it in the Holy Thursday rites. It is to remind church leaders of Our Lords example that leadership must involve humble service. ( Vs 13-15) Holy Thursday is often called Maundy (beggar) Thursday which focuses attention on this element distracting from greatest service ever from the greatest servant ever. These controversies are blown up by observations of whose feet they choose to wash in the ritual. The pope washed the feet of disabled people and kissed some of them. Big deal!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: anewme800, 4/18/2014 12:15:42 PM     (No. 9815747)

I believe it is written. "I desire mercy not sacrifice"
Good man this Pope. Way to keep your eye on the ball

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