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Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:25 PM

Pope Francis riles conservatives by washing feet of Serbian Muslim woman

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, March 28, 2013 15:04 EDT

The ritual washing of feet is a gesture of humility based on the belief that Jesus Christ washed the feet of his apostles on the evening of their final meal together before his arrest, crucifixion and death.

Vatican tradition has it that each year on Good Thursday the pope washes the feet of twelve priests of different ages and nationalities in a solemn ceremony held in Romeís St John Lateranís Basilica or in St Peterís Basilica. The priests are seen as representing the apostles.

Though retired pontiff Benedict XVI revised the ritual in 2007 by selecting 12 lay men from Rome for the ceremony, the new Pope Francis shook up Catholic tradition Thursday by choosing to honour not only prisoners, but women as well as men.

Catholic traditionalists believe that all of Jesusís disciples were male and the historic decision to wash the feet of two girls ó one Italian Catholic and one of Serbian Muslim origin ó is likely to create friction in some circles.

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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/28/ancient-christian-foot-washing-ritual-remembered-on-good-thursday/

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Reply Pope Francis riles conservatives by washing feet of Serbian Muslim woman (Original post)
DonViejo Mar 2013 OP
hedgehog Mar 2013 #1
Awknid Mar 2013 #2
idwiyo Mar 2013 #3
CAG Mar 2013 #4
tanyev Mar 2013 #5
kestrel91316 Mar 2013 #6
Kber Mar 2013 #7
FLyellowdog Mar 2013 #8
goldent Mar 2013 #9
FLyellowdog Mar 2013 #13
muriel_volestrangler Mar 2013 #10
jeepnstein Mar 2013 #11
Bad Thoughts Mar 2013 #12

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:26 PM

1. Some are beginning to ask the question - "Is the Pope Catholic!?!"

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:27 PM

2. It's a start!

He has guts.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:29 PM

3. /coffee, monitor... I'll give him point for his guts. And entertainment I get out of reading

outraged comments by RW loonies.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:30 PM

4. EHRMAGERD!!! Next he'll ban the Easter Bunny from communion!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:03 PM

5. Hark! Do I hear the sound of Freeper head-popping?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:14 PM

6. I think I like this pope.

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:20 PM

7. Maybe he's just into feet?

Sorry

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 09:30 PM

8. I thought it was Maundy Thursday...

I never heard of Good Thursday. Good Friday, yes.

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Response to FLyellowdog (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 10:26 PM

9. For me (Roman Catholic) it has always been Holy Thursday

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Response to goldent (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 01:55 PM

13. Thanks.

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Response to FLyellowdog (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 07:30 AM

10. A slip from a non-native English speaker in Agence France-Presse, perhaps

The normal French names are "Jeudi Saint" and "Vendredi Saint". Perhaps they knew the English translation of the latter is "Good Friday", and assumed the normal English thing was to use "Good" for both.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 09:36 AM

11. I predict it's only the start for him.

He's a different animal than the other Popes. And I strongly suspect that's why he was elected by his peers. I'm not Catholic but that doesn't mean his example doesn't provide leadership for me, a Protestant. Leadership, he's got it.

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Response to jeepnstein (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:00 AM

12. Leadership need not be limited to the faithful

Obviously, the Pope, as a highly visible Catholic figure, can influence what expectations that all people have of priests and clerics. I would argue that the Dalai Lama has influence how many Americans feel about Christian leaders (not to their benefit). It will be interesting to see how those in the so-called Evangelical and Prosperity Gospel movements react to the relative humility of Frances.

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