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To: Mrs. Don-o
The HF utilizes Canon lawyers and liturgists simply because no one can know every little detail. I did hear that they tried to dissuade him from departing from the GIRM (General Instruction for the Roman Missal)on this day.

My concern is that a major deviation from such a clear instruction will give the green light to those who are inclined to invent a liturgy to be more inventive. Soon we would have a ghastly mess.

The HF is welcome to wash as many feet as he desires but on Holy Thursday it might be best to follow the rules and thus encourage Holy Obedience throughout the Universal Church.

12 posted on 03/28/2013 2:09:21 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: pbear8
I do see your point. However (biting lip) I trust the Pope to be able to weigh tiny non-dogmatic rubrical details from the GERM against the truly huge value of showing love for the very least of Christ's brethren (including sistren).

Also --- is this devious? --- I see a larger rhetorical strategy which will enable him to then turn on a dime and do something rad-orthodox and fry liberals' brains by fully applying the Gospel concept known as "sign of contradiction".

And I mean that in the Gospellest possible sense.

14 posted on 03/28/2013 2:31:10 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("You can observe a lot just by watchin' ." - Yogi Berra)
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