Skip to comments.'I do this with my heart,' Pope says before washing inmates' feet
Posted on 03/28/2013 1:58:30 PM PDT by NYerEdited on 03/28/2013 7:47:59 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Pope Francis kisses the foot of a young person at a detention facility on Holy Thursday 2013. Credit: CTV.
Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly do the same for them because he is called to serve.
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Next he will sell all the Catholic church’s property and give it to the poor.
Oh, wait. He’s not?
This tradition goes way way back. In both Semitic groups Jews and Arabs the foot was and still is considered the filthiest part of the body. For someone to else to wash them was true sign of humility.
That picture moved me! Thanks for posting this article.
As part of the traditional liturgy of Holy Thursday, at the Mass of the Lords Supper, the Pope washed the feet of 12 young detainees: 10 male and 2 female. He thereby disregarded the liturgical rules of the Church, which specify that the celebrant should wash the feet of males in the congregation, in a gesture that recalls Christs service to his own 12 apostles. Although many other bishops and priests have included women in the ceremony, Pope Francis became the first Pontiff to do so.
Sorry, but I think this is grossly imprudent.
He is a remarkable and pious man.
To whom should the Church sell it? I mean so that it would be put to better use than the Church makes of it. And they could also ask of you, will you do the same?
Perhaps, but for a man to wash the feet of a woman is exceedingly humble. For a Pope to do so? Humility could not be better expressed.
I may be wrong, but to me this is our Pope's way of demonstrating love and humility.
Well said, RobbyS.
There has to be other ways of showing it that do not violate express liturgical guidelines. That sets an unprecedented ... Precedent.
Why should any priest obey rubrics if the Pooe can ignore them. The priest can just say, “I’m just being humble. You know, like the Pope. “
I sure hope not. The poor will always be here no matter what is done for them - just as Christ said they would be.
You may be right. I'm not so sure that this bit of precedent is so wrought with importance. The washing of the feet is simply an expression of love and humility. Imho, it has no further consequence.
The Church has been divesting itself of properties on the U.S. East Coast and pouring that money in more evangelical missions around the world. The Church thinks it has a good handle on how to minister to the poor through schools and hospitals, than simply handing out cash to the poor, and it is correct.
I'm not even religious and I understand the point [am even impressed by it]. What are you missing here? Or, if you prefer, what am I missing here?
Sorry, but I think this is grossly imprudent.I think there might be washing of the feet of females at our Mass too. :( Here's the final paragraph of our pastor's bulletin entry last week:
First impression [of Pope Francis]? I'm impressed (now if he will only name a few female Cardinals, we'll be on our way) j.k., j.k., (sort of).And our pastor is a well-liked individual. His words, however, were discouraging to say the least.
Yeah. I don’t get the objection.
I’m Catholic and I’ve had my feet washed by our pastor on Holy Thursday during the Mass, and I’m female. I can’t imagine why this is a problem. It’s a ritual wash, not a massage, for heaven’s sake.
When we have a Pope who has taken his name from St. Francis shouldn’t we expect to see profound and occasionally unorthodox demonstrations of poverty, humility and charity?