In Coena Domini Mass 2016.03.24, Pope Francis: “Do as I say, not as I do!”

The Teacher and LORD: “I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” – Jn 13:15 (RSVCE)

His Vicar: “Do as I say, not as I do!”


Do as I say:

The Pope decrees that not only men may be chosen for the washing of the feet in the Liturgy of Holy Thursday, Vatican City, Thursday, 21 January 2016 (VIS)

Not as I do!:

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the Vatican norms are meant for traditional liturgies in Catholic communities, not necessarily a unique papal Mass where the overall message is one of universal brotherhood and the love of God for all his children.

“We must always take the pastoral context into account,” Lombardi said in an email. “Norms that are appropriate for a parish celebration aren’t to be considered binding on a very unique celebration of the pope in a refugee center with a non-Christian majority.” – Pope Washes Feet of Muslim Migrants, Says ‘We Are […] by LUIGI NAVARRO AND NICOLE WINFIELD, ASSOCIATED PRESS, CASTELNUOVO DI PORTO, Italy — Mar 24, 2016, 5:16 PM ET

… on the very day his supposed Teacher and LORD, whose Vicar he is, who having loved his own who were in the world and loving them to the end said to them:

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.Jn 13:14-15 (RSVCE)


Who does the pope love, who are his own in the world?

Related: #CardinalBergoglio washes the feet of an unidentified woman on Holy Thursday at the Buenos Aires’ Sarda maternity hospital on March 24, 2005.