posted on Mar, 29 2013 @ 09:21 AM
Francis' gesture sparked a debate among some conservatives and liturgical purists, who lamented he had set a "questionable example."
I honestly wonder what that "questionable example" would be. Now, I'm not much of a Catholic, but while I understand the tradition of only washing
twelve feet of the male variety, to mimic Christ's actions with the Apostles, I fail to see what is wrong about washing a woman's feet.
And I'm surprised that the real uproar isn't over the fact that one of the women was a Muslim (again, I don't have an issue with that, but if the
grousing is related to the implication that a woman could be an Apostle, what about the implication that a Muslim could be an Apostle?)
Like a few other posters, I have some level of concern for Francis' well being. Though there is a lot of praise for him from both within and outside
of the church (our priest referenced this foot-washing incident in his Holy Thursday homily last night,) all it takes is one kook within the Vatican
to take matters into his own hands, and we'll be back to another conclave (especially considering Francis eschewing the security previous Popes have
had.) I'd like to see more favourable reactions from within the Vatican, particularly as regards things like this, which aren't really all that
important and demonstrate that the church cares about all
people, not just a select group.