A few headlines across the nut-o-sphere read variations on Catholics angered over Pope’s choice of his foot washing … person. Here’s the nut of the angst:
Artesia News — Pope Francis has won over many hearts and minds with his simple style and focus on serving the world’s poorest, but he has devastated traditionalist Catholics who adored his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for restoring much of the traditional pomp to the papacy.
Francis’ decision to disregard church law and wash the feet of two girls — a Serbian Muslim and an Italian Catholic — during a Holy Thursday ritual has become something of the final straw, evidence that Francis has little or no interest in one of the key priorities of Benedict’s papacy: reviving the pre-Vatican II traditions of the Catholic Church.
Against my better judgement and usual jaded view of religion, I’m actually finding myself wanting to like this new Pope for this reason and many others. And in this instance, aside from the fact that the foot washing deal is a reenactment of an ancient myth, the original lesson behind it — don’t be a pompous self entitled prick and look down on others — and the modern-day version are perfectly good points to make in my opinion, religious or not.
So basically there’s two violations of bigoted etiquette at work here: one he washed the feet of a Muslim; two he washed the feet of woman. Normally providing political and/or Holy cover for a Muslim is grounds for immediate retaliation among the right, usually led by the likes of Pam Geller or Malkin, plus we have women being elevated to deserving human beings, so the rapist-apologist crowd with an assist from the misogynist faction might come into play too. It’ll probably just blow over, but wouldn’t it be fun if the usual suspects were forced to weigh in and drive that wedge in deeper and deeper?
Between things like this and other culture war issues now splitting the right in twain, I might have to bring back a beloved tag, the Let’s All go to the Lobby and Get Ourselves a Snack moniker so overused during the 2012 GOP primary clown show and now sorely missed. Ah, memories …