Another day, another asshat gesture from Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has issued a decree changing the way that the Holy Thursday foot-washing rite is celebrated around the world.
The decree was published today by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and signed by prefect Cardinal Robert Sarah.
The decree says that the rite should no longer be limited to men.
The Vatican website has published a letter from Pope Francis to Cardinal Sarah confirming the changes.
The letter, written in Italian, says that the Pope made the changes “so that it might express more fully the meaning of Jesus’s gesture in the Cenacle, His giving of Himself unto the end for the salvation of the world, His limitless charity”.
The Pope continues: “After careful consideration, I have decided to make a change to the Roman Missal. I therefore decree that the section according to which those persons chosen for the washing of the feet must be men or boys, so that from now on the Pastors of the Church may choose the participants in the rite from among all the members of the People of God. I also recommend that an adequate explanation of the rite itself be provided to those who are chosen.”
Poor Jesus was too dumb to know how to fully express and carry out the meaning of His own gestures.
It's mighty nice of Pope Francis to straighten Jesus out.
What do you think will come after a ritual simulating Apostolic succession and ordination?
After cheapening the Sacrament of Marriage, I suppose the entire vocation of a woman seemed like a good encore.
What'careful consideration' is he talking about?
Did he consider the sad reality that women have been brainwashed into thinking raising and forming their own children and taking care of family members and the community is an insult to them?
The damage done by dropping babies off at daycare centers and babysitters to try to find a cure for their low self-esteem?
Why is he luring them into the stupid cultural propaganda instead of demonstrating and explaining the magnificent gift and vocation given to women by God?
Moreover, if it's one thing our parish ministries are overflowing with, it's women!!!
We need MEN.
Real men want to spend time down at the local parish with gay priests and old ladies about as much as they want to sell bras at Macy's. (The archdiocese of Boston actually ordained a priest who did that! Helloooooooooooooooooooo.)
They couldn't leave the one thing that reaches out to men alone?
It seems Pope Francis doesn't think before he speaks and acts. He likes to be as surprised as everyone else about what he says and does.
Here's a news flash: This is a lousy substitute for catechizing our children and absolving their sins. If you're going to lure our babies into adultery, you could at least do our laundry.