“A chilling incident occurred in the Vatican this morning just after Pope Francis called for an end to the violence in Ukraine, […]
“The Associated Press reports that, ‘It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.’ Hopefully, they recovered and intend to continue to their avian fight for good. But, if something terrible happens somewhere in the world today, no one can say that there weren’t any signs.”
Evil-Seeming Birds Attack Pope Francis’s Peaceful Doves | Caroline Bankoff | NYMAG.com | 1/26/2014 at 9:21 AM
‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept all away. It will be like this when the Son of Man comes. Then of two men in the fields one is taken, one left, of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken, one left.
‘So stay awake […] (Mt 24 ;34-42)
1 S 15: 22-23 “Is the pleasure of the LORD in holocausts and sacrifices or in obedience to the voice of the LORD? Yes, obedience is better than sacrifice, submissiveness better than the fat of rams. Rebellion is a sin of sorcery, presumption a crime of the teraphim.”
Lk 16: 10-11 “The man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great.”
The washing of feet now overshadows the Mass of the last supper. The pope has admitted women to the ceremony, as long as they belong to the Church. But he is pushing even farther, and is also washing the feet of Muslims
The conception of the liturgy as a pedagogical act dictated by current events is an impoverishment that has understandably disconcerted the experts on this subject. Including Cardinal Robert Sarah, who was nonetheless promoted by Francis in 2014 as prefect of the Vatican congregation for divine worship.
The fact is that, after the appointment, the pope immediately told Cardinal Sarah that he had a change in mind for the ceremony of the washing of feet. A change that he made explicit and imposed in a letter to Sarah of December 20, 2014:
“I have reached the decision to make a change in the rubric of the Roman Missal. Therefore, I order that the rubric according to which the candidates chosen to receive the washing of feet be men or boys be modified in such a way as to enable the Pastors of the Church from now on to choose the candidates for the rite from among all members of the People of God.”
But it took more than a year, until Epiphany of 2016, for Sarah to issue the relative decree. Evidently not convinced of the goodness of the reform, the cardinal asked for and obtained the publication along with the decree, which he signed, of the letter with which Francis had ordered him to make the innovation, so that the real paternity of the change might be manifest.
The decree establishes that the ceremony of the washing of feet is no longer only for “men,” but more generically for those “who are chosen from amongst the people of God.” Meaning in practice “people young and old, healthy and sick, clerics, consecrated men and women and laity.”
The result is a change in the symbolism of the ceremony. While traditionally the washing of feet reproduced the action of Jesus with the apostles in the cenacle, and for this reason was performed only with men, and twelve of them in number, now it would represent something entirely different: “the variety and the unity of each part of the people of God.”