Demolition In Instalments: Maundy Thursday

The Holy Week is approaching again, and with it the Maundy Thursday Mass with attendant (but not compulsory) washing of the feet of the viri probandi.

It seems to me that this gives us additional clues as to how Francis thinks.

What Francis did last year was a blatant, shameless liturgical abuse. The fact that he was at that point the Bishop of Rome does not make it any less abusive; then whilst Francis can change the rules, he is bound to the existing rules until he changes them.

Francis was, therefore, subversive once in washing the feet of women and infidels in blatant violation of the law; but he was also subversive – apparently paradoxically, but actually logically – in his refusal to change them, leaving the rules as they are as he goes on doing as he pleases. The message here is very clear: if rules aren't really important, there's no real need to change them, either; and conversely, if rules are important than it was wrong for him to violate them.

This subtle but very dangerous, clearly subversive attitude will be equivocated by the Pollyannas, and it will be confused with prudence and conservatism instead. “You see? – they will say – Francis has not changed the rules concerning the washing of feet!”. No, he hasn't changed them. He prefers to trample them directly, and this is the policy he is obviously suggesting to priests and bishops the world over. With such a Bishop of Rome, every subversive priest and bishop will feel free to to do exactly as Francis did; many of those who don't will be put under pressure to follow Francis' example; but in all this, Francis will remain the brave innovator for the subversive, and the prudent conservative for the Pollyannas. Only a tiny minority of sound thinking and properly instructed Catholics will realise that this reckless behaviour is abuse of power, and encouragement to the others to do likewise. Vaya lio, indeed!

Once again we see here the workings of a Modernist mind, sowing confusion and disobedience as he avoids frontal attacks to Truth.

One year after Francis' Maundy Thursday liturgical abuse, countless parish churches will, without much trumpeting and drumming around, quietly adopt his ways. He knows perfectly well he can chip away orthodoxy one piece at a time just by way of his bad example, and this is exactly what he has been doing with his liturgical abuse and why he did it.

This is a demolition of sound Catholicism in instalments.

Something Francis has been doing from the very first hour of his pontificate.



Posted on April 3, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. The history of feet, hand and full body washing is illuminating. Its function ranges from the practical and hygienic, after travelling for example or before entering a house to eat, to the ritual preparations of a High-Priest before offering the sacrifice in the temple. Humility does not figure large in the act. Our Lord’s washing of the disciples feet was a priestly act. Its symbolism pointing to the Divine Sacrifice of the Cross and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. To read anything else into the act is latter-day novelty. The Holy Father, and others, may in their desacralizing way imply what they like but the essential meaning of the ritual remains hieratic. All else is politically correct make-believe.

    • I agree. The humility may have been a second key of reading, but the act of giving the priestly function to the disciple is the obvious symbolism. The Christian societies, who do not have this ritual, have ended up neglecting what would have been obvious to every Jewish reader or observer – or part in the washing – and have therefore given a bigger importance to the humility part.

      All this would be half as bad, if Francis and his V II crowd would not push everything in Catholicism towards a wrong meaning.


  2. If you’ll forgive the link, M, you’ll find a crystal clear exposition of why it is only men’s feet which should be washed at the Maundy Thursday Mass:

    Comments from him regarding the Bishop of Rome’s actions last Maundy Thursday have not been forthcoming.

  3. Not sure if you had a chance to take a look at the Bishop of Rome’s actual April 1st homily….more red meat for you!

  4. I’m afraid you’re right (again! 😉 ). I imagine we’ll hear stories of multiple imitators, and probably of some who try to out-francis Francis.

  5. Reblogged this on Mundabor's Blog and commented:

    The “please, God, help us today!” Reblog

  6. There are 364 days in the year other than Holy Thursday during which the Pope is free to go to institutions and wash the feet of mothers, children and the disabled as a work of charity and an example to the faithful to serve each other in Christ…not during Mass, of course.

  7. Happy Maundy Thursday Mundy:+) When I read this account I cringe b/c ten years ago my parish priest asked me (a woman) to have my feet washed on this day. I was a clueless (and messed up evil) Catholic at the time and went right along with it. And this was in a so called conservative parish in a supposedly conservative diocese. Lord have mercy on me. Do you have a link where I can learn about how the Jews would have recognized Christ’s washing of the feet as an act of priesthood/priesthood initiation? God bless~

    • You have, as far as I can see, not sinned at all, because you did not know what was happening and by the modern state of Catholic instruction it could be expected that you accept the proposal without questioning its orthodoxy.
      Your priest should certainly have known better; it being, well, exactly his job to know better.

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