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Posted on 03/28/2013 12:21:53 PM PDT by haffast
Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, a remarkable choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples.
The Mass was held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome, where 46 young men and women currently are detained. Many of them are Gypsies or North African migrants, and the 12 selected for the foot-washing rite included Orthodox and Muslim detainees as well, news reports said.
Previous popes would carry out the foot-washing ritual on Holy Thursday in Rome's grand St. John Lateran basilica and the 12 people chosen for the ritual would always be priests to represent the 12 disciples.
That Francis would include women in this re-enactment is noteworthy given the insistence of some in the church that the ritual be reserved for men only: The argument is that Jesus' disciples were all male, and the Catholic priesthood that evolved from the original 12 disciples is restricted to men.
"The pope's washing the feet of women is hugely significant because including women in this part of the Holy Thursday Mass has been frowned on and even banned in some dioceses," said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author of "The Jesuit Guide."
"It shows the all-embracing love of Christ, who ministered to all he met: man or woman, slave or free, Jew or Gentile," he said.
After the Mass, Francis greeted each of the inmates and gave each one an Easter egg.
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I don’t think Christ would choose someone who believes He, and His followers should be DEAD. He DIDN’T choose the non-believers or the Pharisees- he chose his disciples.
If you are ok with the living symbol of the Roman Catholic church humbling himself-not before his fellow believers but before a member of a death-cult that wants to erase Christianity from the planet- I am not.
Ask yourself how this will look in the Muslim world. Head of Christianity kneels before not just a Muslim, but a FEMALE Muslim and washes her feet! Feet touching you is one of the most disrespectful things to a Muslim.
I don’t like the image- and I think it will be played up to the detriment of Christianity. You don’t agree? Fine. Time will tell, but this Roman Catholic is appalled by the fact that so many fellow Christians are MORE upset by the Pope washing the feet of any woman than those of a member of an ENEMY RELIGION.
Lets try this again. Christ begins to wash these young women’s feet. Do you think he would interview them first? He comes upon this young girl. Does he ignore her? Skip her? What do you think?
Christ had the power to kill his enemies. He didn’t. He tried to teach them. And I highly doubt Christ would care how this looked to the Muslim world. He wasn’t interested in what others thought.
Yes- it seems we have to try this again. I DID say what I think. Christ WOULD NOT wash the feet of someone who believes His religion should be destroyed. And I say He would not now, because He DID NOT then.Christ did not support evil, he went through the temple pretty violently tossing them out of God’s house. He DID NOT hold the nails for those crucifiying Him nor did he help those who were persecuting his followers.Did he forgive both thieves crucified with him, or only one?
I can’t be any plainer than that. I don’t want MY Pope humbling himself- and our religion symbolically- before ANY believer of Islam. There can only be two sides- Christianity on one, Islam on the other- because Islam HAS NOT and WILL NOT tolerate any other religion. So be it. I know what side I’m on and I’m not giving an inch toward ANY tolerance of Islam.
And if this- or ANY Pope seriously believes he’s going to convert Muslims- by symbolic humility or appeasement- I am more worried than ever. Are you one of those who were upset by the image of Hussein kissing the hands and bowing before other world leaders? Yet the symbol of Christ on earth kneeling before a Muslim is no big deal? Fascinating.
Well if you truly think Christ would have turned this young girl away instead of taking this opportunity to teach her, then we know a different Christ.