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Whose Feet Did Pope Francis Really Wash? The Call to Return to Gospel Simplicity Comments

"Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown ... Continue Reading

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  1. KarlVDH
    1 year ago

    Raymond- it's also COMPLETELY in line with both the things Christ DID and TAUGHT, and it's providing us Catholics with the humble example of how WE are expected to live.

  2. raymond
    1 year ago

    The Holy Father's action in washing the feet of the young prisoners is really commendable.
    1) It is in line with St.Francis's life of living the word rather than preaching the word.
    2)It would definitely have had a positive impact in the minds/attitude of the youngsters in prison

  3. KarlVDH
    1 year ago

    Rob... nothing new. Folks with the same mentality were ready to stone Jesus for healing on the Sabbath, and freaked because he ate with a tax collector, associated with fishermen who, by trade, were ritually unclean, and got bent out of shape because he allowed himself to touch and be touched by lepers, cripples and prostitutes. We may not call them "Pharisees" today, and they may never go to the extreme that Judas did, but the attitude and complete willingness to miss the point to point out the "error" (what scripture called, "straining at a gnat to swallow a camel,") is EXACTLY the same.
    Meanwhile, pope Francis, our Holy Father, is literally following the example of Peter. when Peter was sent by God to the gentiles, (He was, before Paul,) Peter dreamed of eating all manner of food... both Kosher and non. He balked, protesting to the Lord, who told him, "Do not call 'unclean' that which I say is 'clean.' "
    Unless people want to suggest Christ was wrong, they need to spend less time criticizing the Holy Father, and more time humbling themselves and following his example. Viva papa!!

  4. Rob
    1 year ago

    The pope is ok so long as he tows the line....heaven forbid he actually tries to reform something. Christ calls us to be bigger than all the world systems and I suspect sometimes that includes our own. He is the Holy Father for pete's sake!

    How in the world is this man thrown under the bus because he washed a women's foot? Nothing worse than the liturgical police ensuring that strict adherence to every jot and tittle of law ensures that we evict any semblance of Jesus in the mass. But doesn't matter right so long as we do it "right." Geez.

    Yup....not eating meat is exactly the thing that is going to get us to heaven. Maybe the Holy Father should eat a t-bone and instead tell us to give up be consumers on Fridays or better yet visit someone in prison, clothe the naked etc. You know, those things that Christ says we should do. I really am not sure he's all to concerned about our dietary habits and if not eating meat on Fridays is the best we can do to show our Christianity to the world, then we've got bigger problems than the Holy Father racking up some liturgical infraction.

  5. Joanne S.
    1 year ago

    The furor seems to be over whether the foot washing of the rite is reserved for priests or is the sign of hospitality and service you suggest. In another article the words of the rite seem to suggest that it is for Jesus' disciples, not necessarily apostles. Women are among the disciples even if they were not among the apostles.

    I don't think the 'traditionalists" were so upset because Pope Francis washed the feet of women per se, but simply that it gave the anti-Catholic media and dissenters an opening on the whole women priests issue. They just don't get that John Paul II closed that door in May 1994 when he declared "in virtue of my ministry" as Pontiff in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis that "the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this JUDGMENT IS TO BE DEFINITELY HELD BY ALL THE CHURCH'S FAITHFUL."

    Debate closed.

  6. Trinbagonian
    1 year ago

    Thank you for enlightening me on this incident.

    When I first heard about the issue, a brief shock of betrayal ran through my core for a moment to the tune of "How could he?".BUT THEN I SETTLED just as quickly in the authority and faith of our beloved Papacy.
    I had faith that Pope Francis believed firmly in (and made a conscious choice about) the washing of feet act. LOL

    A seed though had been planted in my spiritual heart. It was like a light prayer, a short but lingering prayer for Truth.......
    I wanted God to reveal His Way and to guide us. I wanted our beloved Pope Francis to be a good leader not just for the Church but for all mankind; that he would not be met with an upsurge of secular hostility, "quibbles and disputes about the Law" (Titus 3:9), or any evil allusion to sway support for secular beliefs about the woman's role in the Church etc... God help us!
    We in the Catholic faith are indeed blessed enormously by the Papacy. We are blessed by the Papacy's spiritual service, spiritual teaching and revelation, spiritual monitoring and guidance, spiritual prowess, spiritual boldness, spiritual growth, and spiritual calls for prayer and all in a universal community that has been freed to act in accordance. We don't need to be afraid or be doubtful.
    GLORY be to God! And give Him thanks!

  7. karlVDH
    1 year ago

    Bob... how come it's only called "class warfare" when the poor fight back?

  8. KarlVDH
    1 year ago

    Jesus let himself be touched by pagans and whores. He paid taxes to Rome, allowed his followers to break the Sabbath, and when challenged, stated clearly that the law was made for man, not man for the Law. \
    Will you judge Christ as harshly as you have our Holy Father? Perhaps you know God's will better than both Blessed John Paul the Great and Pope Francis?

  9. Bob
    1 year ago

    The ordinary everyday person when scripture points out the need to serve the poor in many instances draw the conclusion that the economically rich are greedy, selfish, self centered, etc, etc. We see this class warfare being used to divide the nation. But they can be poor in many other ways. For example, the fact that they are rich doesn't bring them happiness or joy. They may be without peace. They could suffer from ill health or anxiety. They too need the Lord in their lives as well as anyone. Abraham was a very rich man and so was Job. Not only were they wealthy in possessions but were very good men who were rightous in the sight of God. My point is the rich many times are derided and held in comntempt. On the otherhand, we must recognize the those who would refuse to accept personal responsibility where they really can. Our poor by world standards live lives of relative comfort. That is not to suggest we don't need a safety net in times of hardship. The conclusion I would draw is that those who work hard and are able to establish a business are the very people who provide jobs fairly to the needed.

  10. William
    1 year ago

    I do not see how kissing muslim's feet who refuse to convert to Christ, or kissing qurans and dialogue with muslims who, according to their own literature, use these false meetings/dialogues to deceive, currupt and render useless any real productive dialogue, will help christians or any one in any muslim country. As we speek christians are being killed, tortured, burned alive, brutalised and oppressed in any satanic way (by these very same muslims who we have "nice discussions with) you can possibly imagine, and yet catholic leaders still cave in and refuse to confront islam, out of fear of violent backlass, as ususal. Did our christian forefather during old roman times, refused to confront pagan romans, out of fear of homicidal "roman pagan backlash"? Of course not, so why are we doing this suicidal islamic appeasing to ourselves?...this is a complete betrayal of God.I will never accept it as a catholic and will always consider it a mortal sin! Obviously our Pope is a very good person with really nice ways, but that will not bring peace to the world if He and us, his flock, continue refusing to convert and spread our faith in Christ, as divinely commanded! Its not happening when is concerns muslims because we behave like cowards...this has to stop!

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