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Old 18th April 2014, 05:32 PM
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When Pope Francis washes women’s feet, arguments follow

From the Religion News Service: When Pope Francis washes women's feet, arguments follow. Who's right? | Religion News Service

Pope Francis will also observe the Holy Thursday rite [of foot washing]...at a center for people with disabilities. There he will wash the feet of a number of residents, all lay people and perhaps some of them women and even non-Christians or nonbelievers.
Apparently this is technically against the rules but not unpresidented.

Anyway, I found this comment quite interesting:

A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, said Tuesday that Francis’ decision to include women and nonbelievers was meant as a gesture “to embrace those who were on the fringes of society.” The official rules, he said, can sometimes be a distraction from “the profound messages of the Gospels and of the Lord of the Church.”


What is the profound message of the Gospel, w
hat does being on the fringes of society have to do with it, and how does restricting foot washing to men distract from it?

What should Christians do when a rule distracts from the Gospel message?
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Old 18th April 2014, 05:43 PM
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Only read the first bit of the linked article and it had a very funny part.

Seems the tradition and 'law' to exclude women only goes back to 1955.

Oops, I guess in at least one way instead of breaking the real longstanding tradition he is fact restoring the older ways!
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Old 18th April 2014, 05:52 PM
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Everyone is equal in God's eyes. No harm done here, no 'rules' have been broken.

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This new pope (well, not so new maybe anymore) sure knows how to attract attention.
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The rules suck; Go Pope!

It's refreshing to see a less legalistic Christian making noise, and better expressing the spirit of Christianity.
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