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“I have decided:” Francis introduces massive liturgical novelty as personal whim January 21, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, Papa, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.

So the inevitable has happened, and Francis has further paved the way for fake women priests by formally directing the women’s feet may be washed during the Maundy Thursday Mass in the universal Church.  It is assumed this does not apply to the Ecclesia Dei communities, but I don’t know on what sure basis such assumptions stand.  The formal declaration is worded in such a way that this act would require a direct repudiation by a successor to repeal: something the conservativish popes since the Council have been reticent to do.  Some details via the Vatican Information Service:

Vatican City, 21 January 2016 (VIS) – The Holy Father has written a letter, dated 20 December and published today, to Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in which he decrees that from now on, the people chosen for the washing of the feet in the liturgy of Holy Thursday may be selected from all the People of God, and not only men and boys.

The Pope writes to the cardinal that he has for some time reflected on the “rite of the washing of the feet contained in the Liturgy of the Mass in Coena Domini, with the intention of improving the way in which it is performed so that it might express more fully the meaning of Jesus’ gesture in the Cenacle, His giving of Himself unto the end for the salvation of the world, His limitless charity”. [Certainly the foot washing had that intent.  But it also had the intent of confirming the male apostles as the heirs of Christ’s salvific action and the inheritors of his Body on Earth, the Church.  This action is a huge demonstration of the all-male priesthood intended by Christ, and by stripping it away, Pope Francis now severely undercuts the popular rationale for the male priesthood.  I cannot believe this to be incidental.]

“After careful consideration”, he continues, “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”. [This “may” will manifest in all non-traditional parishes as a “must.”  I would be shocked if 1 in 100 Novus Ordo parishes did not have women in the lineup this Holy Thursday]

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has today published a decree on the aforementioned rite, dated 6 January 2016, the full text of which is published below:

The reform of the Holy Week, by the decree Maxima Redemptionis nostrae mysteria of November 1955, provides the faculty, where counselled by pastoral motives, to perform the washing of the feet of twelve men during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, after the reading of the Gospel according to John, as if almost to represent Christ’s humility and love for His disciples. [Nice little bit of return fire there from Cardinal Sarah of the CDW, attempting to undo a bit of the damage by plainly laying out why Christ had only men in the Upper Room and why he only washed male feet – because that was His specific intent, not because he was limited by any constraints of the times.  What a ludicrous proposition to impose such a restriction on the God of the Universe who had worked countless miracles before hundreds of thousands of souls!]

I also included that last bit to say this: we can see where even the well-meaning reforms of the 1950s could lead.  Some of those reforms under Pius XII were returns to ancient practice, to be sure, but others were great novelties.  There were reasons they had been abrogated or diminished over the Church’s long history.  When meddling with ancient, infinitely sacred things, unintended consequences tend to abound.

I wonder if more priests of relative orthodoxy will now, following the example of a few already, determine it pastorally unhelpful to do the foot washing?

Will this be one of Francis’ “grand gestures” that prove difficult or impossible to reform?  Do you think this is just a bit of multi-kulti pandering, or is this an act deliberately intended to fundamentally weaken the logic behind the male priesthood?

Do priests who have steadfastly held to the liturgical rites as written in spite of great pressure to emulate the Franciscan example now feel total fools, having the rug pulled out from underneath them?

Note that Francis remains disobedient to the liturgical norms even as he has modified them: he speaks of inviting the “people of God,” which means souls in union with the Church, to the Mandatum, but he himself has used those not in such union, including practicing muslims.

Also note that the constant apologists for the papacy are now telling us how wonderful a gift to the Church this act is, even declaring, as a good reason for the reform (and I am not making this up), that women’s feet are cute.  It is amazing the lengths to which these folks will go to justify the unjustifiable.  It leaves me wondering the extent to which their adherence to the Novus Ordo (and I mean no disrespect to those here who have no option) informs this seeming willingness to see the Liturgy continuously reformed out of existence.

Bergoglio has been doing this for a looong time.  There are numerous photos of him as Archbishop of Buenos Aires washing the feet of women, whether Catholic or not (and typically not).  How many of those subsequently converted by this “grand example” is not known.  A small sampling below:

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I have to say to the cardinals who elected this pope……really?!?  This guy was so known for who and what he was, we have the testimony of the “St. Gallen” group of collaboration in destroying Benedict and electing this guy, and yet most cardinals still went along with it.  Were 2/3 really in on the plot?  Or is my surmise right, that half or more of even cardinals are just reeds shaking in the wind, blowing whichever way they see as favorable for them from one minute to the next, with no real faith or even backbone to guide them?



1. tg - January 21, 2016

I didn’t go to Holy Thursday Mass last year since we have a new priest. It’s been the practice in our parish to wash the feet of men only but with the example of Pope Francis, you never know. Since Holy Thursday is not a day of obligation, I am just not going. Every day, PF is doing something to chip away. Didn’t he kiss the feet of somebody or did I imagine that? It made think of a foot fetish.

2. Margaret Costello - January 21, 2016

I cringe when I recall having my feet washed at Holy Thursday Mass over a decade ago. I had no clue what I was doing was wrong, and I consider the parish I went to somewhat orthodox. Agree that this is an attack on the priesthood. No surprise since the enemy has been trying to destroy men these past 50 years. God bless~

3. LaGallina - January 21, 2016

I feel sick. The moment the newly-chosen pope washed women’s feet just weeks (or was it days?) after being chosen as pope, I knew we were in trouble. Lady foot washing was one of those issues that I had with my N.O. priest. But back then I had “the law” on my side.

It is a relief to know however that our pope knows how to do things better than Jesus did. I lifted the following from Mark Shea’s com box a few months back because it was so hilarious. No other commenters seemed to catch the irony: −



* “

Jim M.
13 hours ago 

I like the way this pope realizes the power he has to change everything. 
He’s so free. All doctrines, dogmas, and theological traditions which 
stand in the way of his all-encompassing and liberating perspective must
be set aside. There is no sin, only mercy. And Eucharist is always for everyone, no one is to be excluded. It is difficult, though, to adjust to the realization 
that the church has been so very wrong all this time about almost 
everything. But Francis is here now. It’s going to be alright. He’s 
like the Second Coming, or maybe he’s the “Elijah” who heralds the 
coming of The Christ. And before that time we’ll understand that that 
everyone and everything is already Catholic, has always been Catholic, 
so there will be no exclusion, and we can all love each other, and there
will be no male or female, straight or gay, married or unmarried, 
sinner or saint, Marxist or Fascist, Muslim or Christian. We are all one now and Hell has been emptied and destroyed by Pope St. Francis.


FiliusPastori - January 21, 2016

Oh, what can you do but laugh?

c matt - January 21, 2016

On his blog, that may not have been seen as satire.

Elizabeth - January 22, 2016

Please. Surely this is tongue-in-cheek, no?

Tantumblogo - January 22, 2016

It was. Quite well done.

4. Gary - January 21, 2016

It’s getting harder to surprise/ shock me with the things Francis does; I guess I’ve been conditioned by Ohama enough!

tg - January 21, 2016

Exactly – one destroys the church and the other the our country.

5. Faith of Our Fathers - January 22, 2016

Along with Francis so called year of Mercy included in this can he not have a Month of Silence and reflect,if that’s possible for him,that Spiritually where he wants to go most of us Catholics certainly don’t want to follow . As for the washing of the feet ritual this can only bring up the likes of D Browns fairy story that there were women present at The Last Supper.

6. Guest - January 22, 2016

He’s just getting more bold. He knows that no matter what he says and does people will call him “Holy Father”. He can grab a picture of Jesus, defile it in front of cameras, canonize Judas, and people will still consider him the Vicar of Christ.

7. David - January 22, 2016

The last few years I have been to Holy Thursday Mass, I am fortunate that the Novus Ordo parishes that I normally attend have used twelve men on Holy Thursday. On these occasions, I always make it a point to thank the priest in the narthex after the Mass.

I know for several years (this practice goes back to the 80s in quite a few places) several parishes in my diocese have used both men and women. Not long ago, the local Catholic newspaper one year even had a photograph of a woman having her feet washed at a large, popular local parish in our diocese, and I’ve even heard at some parishes that volunteers were asked for the feet washing as they walked in. Personally, I think this is better to plan in advance, and ask for twelve men, since the apostles were all men, and they are being represented.

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