I am thinking about the infamous red shoes. I am thinking about the non-wearing of the mozzetta. I am thinking about the growing juxtaposition in some conversations of simple liturgy versus lofty liturgy.
Some people are saying, “O how wonderful it is to get rid of all the symbols of office and power and be humble like the poor.”
And then it was this:
As Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he once washed the feet of 12 recovering drug addicts during a 2008 visit to a rehab center in the city. "Each year, repeating the gesture done by Jesus at the Last Supper with the Apostles, our Archbishop teaches us what kind of attitude we should have as the Church towards the least protected of the People of God,” the archdiocese explained in a statement.
Pope Francis has decided to celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a Rome juvenile detention facility and wash the feet of some of the young detainees.http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1301316.htm
It marks a change in venue of the previously scheduled March 28 Holy Week event from St. Peter's Basilica to Rome's Casal del Marmo prison for minors.
While the practice of his predecessors has included washing the feet of priests or laypeople, the ceremony was normally held in either St. Peter's Basilica or the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
The Vatican said that, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis used to celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper -- which reflects on the call to imitate Christ by serving one another -- in prisons, hospitals or shelters for the poor and marginalized.
One more foot-related controversy and we'll have charges of podiophilia.
Ok, that was inappropriate but I stand by it. Cuz I think it's funny.