Pope’s foot-wash a final straw for traditionalists

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Pope Francis washes the feet of 12 young offenders-- including two girls and two Muslims-- at a Rome prison in an unprecedented version of an ancient Easter ritual, seen as part of efforts to bring the Catholic Church closer to those in need. AFP


In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis washes the foot of an inmate at the juvenile detention center of Casal del Marmo, Rome, Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013 in a ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women. The Mass at the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome has 46 young men and women, many of them Gypsies or North African migrants. The Vatican says the 12 selected for the rite weren’t necessarily Catholic. AP

VATICAN CITY—In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 youths, including a Muslim girl, during the Last Supper Mass Thursday in a correctional for minors in Rome, reenacting the gesture of Jesus Christ of washing the feet of his 12 all-male apostles, including Saint Peter, the first pope.

Earlier on Thursday, the Pope celebrated Holy Chrism Mass with some 2,000 priests based in Rome, including Filipino priests led by Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston, rector of the Pontifice Collegio Filippino.

The Pope will celebrate his first Easter Mass on Sunday, during which he is expected to deliver the traditional papal address “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and to the World) as well as send his Easter greetings in the major languages to all of the churches of the world.

The Pope washed the feet of 12 juveniles, 10 boys and two girls, detained at the Casal del Marmo Penitential Institute for Minors, where he celebrated the traditional “Coena Domini”—the Lord’s Supper—Mass, the first of the Easter Triduum.

The Mass was closed to the press, although the Vatican press office said “around 50 boys and girls” attended.

Of the two girls washed by the Pope, one was Italian, the other, according to the press office, “an Eastern European.”

But the institute’s chaplain, Fr. Gaetano Greco, a Franciscan tertiary Capuchin of Our Lady of Sorrows, later disclosed that the Eastern European girl was a Muslim Serbian. No pope in history has washed the feet of a woman, much less a Muslim.

In his homily, the Pope made no reference to the religious beliefs of the youthful offenders, saying that he was doing it to follow the example of Jesus Christ.

“This is the Lord’s example,” the Pope said. “He is the most important one and He washes [other’s] feet because those who are the highest among us must be at the service of others. Washing someone’s feet is [saying], ‘I am at your service’.”

“There is no better way to show his service for the smallest, for the least fortunate,” explained Father Greco.

The visit to the detention center followed through what Pope Francis, who was elected in the papal conclave of March 13 after Pope Benedict XVI stepped down last Feb 28 due to old age, has indicated would be the theme of  his papacy—helping the poor and the lowly.

The Pope, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, said he took “Francis” as papal name after Saint Francis of Asissi, the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, or the Franciscans, who led the mendicant (or begging) movement of friars along with St. Dominic de Guzman and the Dominicans, to reform the medieval Church.

Saint Francis kissed the sores of lepers in order to show them that Jesus Christ cared for them. He also went to the Middle East during the Crusades in order to convert the Muslims.

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.

One of the most-read traditionalist blogs, “Rorate Caeli,” reacted to the foot-washing ceremony by declaring the death of Benedict’s eight-year project to correct what he considered the botched interpretations of the Second Vatican Council’s modernizing reforms.

“The official end of the reform of the reform — by example,” ”Rorate Caeli” lamented in its report on Francis’ Holy Thursday ritual.

A like-minded commentator in Francis’ native Argentina, Marcelo Gonzalez at International Catholic Panorama, reacted to Francis’ election with this phrase: “The Horror.” Gonzalez’s beef? While serving as the archbishop of Buenos Aires, the then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s efforts to revive the old Latin Mass so dear to Benedict and traditionalists were “non-existent.”

Virtually everything he has done since being elected pope, every gesture, every decision, has rankled traditionalists in one way or another.

The night he was chosen pope, March 13, Francis emerged from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica without the ermine-rimmed red velvet cape, or mozzetta, used by popes past for official duties, wearing instead the simple white cassock of the papacy. The cape has since come to symbolize his rejection of the trappings of the papacy and to some degree the pontificate of Benedict XVI, since the German pontiff relished in resurrecting many of the liturgical vestments of his predecessors.

Francis also received the cardinals’ pledges of obedience after his election not from a chair on a pedestal as popes normally do but rather standing, on their same level. For traditionalists who fondly recall the days when popes were carried on a sedan chair, that may have stung. In the days since, he has called for “intensified” dialogue with Islam — a gesture that rubs traditionalists the wrong way because they view such a heavy focus on interfaith dialogue as a sign of religious relativism.

Francis may have rubbed salt into the wounds with his comments at the Good Friday procession at Rome’s Colosseum, which re-enacts Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, praising “the friendship of our Muslim brothers and sisters” during a prayer ceremony that recalled the suffering of Christians in the Middle East.

Francis also raised traditional eyebrows when he refused the golden pectoral cross offered to him right after his election by Monsignor Guido Marini, the Vatican’s liturgy guru who under Benedict became the symbol of Benedict’s effort to restore the Gregorian chant and heavy silk brocaded vestments of the pre-Vatican II liturgy to papal Masses.

Marini has gamely stayed by Francis’ side as the new pope puts his own stamp on Vatican Masses with no-nonsense vestments and easy off-the-cuff homilies. But there is widespread expectation that Francis will soon name a new master of liturgical ceremonies more in line with his priorities of bringing the church and its message of love and service to ordinary people without the “high church” trappings of his predecessor.

Meanwhile, during the Holy Chrism Mass on Thursday, the Pope gave the same message and urged priests “to go out of themselves” and reach out to others.

He  warned Catholic priests that “the reason why some priests grow dissatisfied, lose heart and become in some sense collectors of antiques or novelties” comes from seldom going out of oneself, which leads to “missing out on the best of our people”.

Pope Francis urged priests to be “shepherds who have the smell of their sheep.”

The Chrism Mass is traditionally celebrated in all the churches and cathedrals throughout the world, in which priests renew the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience that they made at their ordination.

The Mass also blesses oils used in Catholic rituals such as  anointing catechumens and the sick. Also blessed is the chrism oil—olive oil scented with balsam—used to anoint those being baptized, confirmed, or receiving Holy Orders.

The Pope in fact reminded priests that the Holy Chrism Mass was a reminder of their ordination and their duty to serve others as part of their priestly or “anointed” ministry.

“When we put on our simple chasuble,” he said, “it might well make us feel, upon our shoulders and in our hearts, the burdens and the faces of our faithful people, our saints and martyrs, of which we have so many in our times.”

The Pope also noted how “the beauty of all these liturgical things… is not so much about trappings and fine fabrics” as it is destined to the action expected of priests. “The ointment, dear brothers, is not intended just to make us fragrant, much less to be kept in a jar, for then it would become rancid… and the heart bitter.”

For many of the 2,000 priests based in Rome, either members of its archdiocese or working or studying there, it was the first time for them to celebrate Mass with the Pope, much less meet him.

Filipino priest Fr. Joseph Tan of the Archdiocese of Cebu said the experience was “awesome.”

“I will be 22 years in the priesthood this year, so making the renewal of promise together with so many other priests and before the Pope is totally awesome,” said Father Tan, who’s taking up higher communication studies at Santa Croce and staying at the Pontifice Collegio Filippino, where Filipino priests studying in Roman pontifical institutes are mostly boarded.

Also on Thursday, the Pope made his first appointment of a bishop, naming Mario Poli, 66, to succeed him as archbishop of Buenos Aires. Formerly bishop of Santa Rosa, Poli is head of the Argentine Church’s Episcopal Commission for Catechesis and Biblical Ministry.

Pope Francis also approved his first batch of people to be put on the path to sainthood. Approved for beatification were 63 people, mostly martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, Nazism and Communism.

The biggest batch comes from the religious persecution in Spain (1934, 1936-39) that triggered the civil war, mostly Franciscan Capuchins, Laborer Sacred Heart priests, and the bishop and diocesan priests of Avila, Spain.

Also to be beatified are Salesians killed during the Nazi German occupation of Italy, and a Dominican biblical scholar killed by the Nazis in Dachau, Germany.

Also to be beatified are martyrs killed in Communist Eastern Europe.

On Good Friday, Francis Francis recited the Passion of Christ—the story of the last hours of Jesus’s life— in St Peter’s Basilica and later presided over the Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, at the ancient Roman Coliseum, where thousands of Christians were martyred in Roman times.

There were certainly none of those trappings on display Thursday at the Casal del Marmo juvenile detention facility in Rome.

The church’s liturgical law holds that only men can participate in the rite, given that Jesus’ apostles were all male. Priests and bishops have routinely petitioned for exemptions to include women, but the law is clear.

Francis, however, is the church’s chief lawmaker, so in theory he can do whatever he wants.

“The pope does not need anybody’s permission to make exceptions to how ecclesiastical law relates to him,” noted conservative columnist Jimmy Akin in the National Catholic Register. But Akin echoed concerns raised by canon lawyer Edward Peters, an adviser to the Vatican’s high court, that Francis was setting a “questionable example” by simply ignoring the church’s own rules.

“People naturally imitate their leader. That’s the whole point behind Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. He was explicitly and intentionally setting an example for them,” he said. “Pope Francis knows that he is setting an example.”

The inclusion of women in the rite is problematic for some because it could be seen as an opening of sorts to women’s ordination. The Catholic Church restricts the priesthood to men, arguing that Jesus and his 12 apostles were male.

Francis is clearly opposed to women’s ordination. But by washing the feet of women, he jolted traditionalists who for years have been unbending in insisting that the ritual is for men only and proudly holding up as evidence documentation from the Vatican’s liturgy office saying so.

“If someone is washing the feet of any females … he is in violation of the Holy Thursday rubrics,” Peters wrote in a 2006 article that he reposted earlier this month on his blog.

In the face of the pope doing that very thing, Peters and many conservative and traditionalist commentators have found themselves trying to put the best face on a situation they clearly don’t like yet can’t do much about lest they be openly voicing dissent with the pope.

By Thursday evening, Peters was saying that Francis had merely “disregarded” the law — not violated it.

The Rev. John Zuhlsdorf, a traditionalist blogger who has never shied from picking fights with priests, bishops or cardinals when liturgical abuses are concerned, had to measure his comments when the purported abuser was the pope himself.

“Before liberals and traditionalists both have a spittle-flecked nutty, each for their own reasons, try to figure out what he is trying to do,” Zuhlsdorf wrote in a conciliatory piece.

But, in characteristic form, he added: “What liberals forget in their present crowing is that even as Francis makes himself — and the church — more popular by projecting (a) compassionate image, he will simultaneously make it harder for them to criticize him when he reaffirms the doctrinal points they want him to overturn.”

One of the key barometers of how traditionalists view Francis concerns his take on the pre-Vatican II Latin Massachusetts. The Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that brought the church into the modern world, allowed the celebration of the Mass in the vernacular rather than Latin. In the decades that followed, the so-called Tridentine Rite fell out of use almost entirely.

Traditionalist Catholics who were attached to the old rite blame many of the ills afflicting the Catholic Church today — a drop in priestly vocations, empty pews in Europe and beyond — on the liturgical abuses that they say have proliferated with the celebration of the new form of Massachusetts.

In a bid to reach out to them, Benedict in 2007 relaxed restrictions on celebrating the old Latin Massachusetts… The move was aimed also at reconciling with a group of schismatic traditionalists, the Society of St. Pius X, who split from Rome precisely over the Vatican II reforms, in particular its call for Mass in the vernacular and outreach to other religions, especially Judaism and Islam.

Benedict took extraordinary measures to bring the society back under Rome’s wing during his pontificate, but negotiations stalled.

The society has understandably reacted coolly to Francis’ election, reminding the pope that his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, was told by Christ to go and “rebuild my church.” For the society, that means rebuilding it in its own, pre-Vatican II vision.

The head of the society for South America, the Rev. Christian Bouchacourt, was less than generous in his assessment of Francis.

“He cultivates a militant humility, but can prove humiliating for the church,” Bouchacourt said in a recent article, criticizing the “dilapidated” state of the clergy in Buenos Aires and the “disaster” of its seminary.

“With him, we risk to see once again the Masses of Paul VI’s pontificate, a far cry from Benedict XVI’s efforts to restore to their honor the worthy liturgical ceremonies.”

Originally posted at 9:33 a.m.

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  • Crazy_horse101010

    wonder how many feet were washed here

  • marionics

    wala pa yung mga traditionalists dito a. baka masakit pa ang mga sugat nila sa likod, paa at kamay. hindi pa kayang mag type sa keyboard ngayon hahahaha

    • Kapitanbagwis

      hehehe

    • JanofVA

      I’m here..but I don’t mind the feet washing and don’t really care much for pomp and parades and all the traditional garbs…just not ordination and gay marriage…if we’re going to call ourselves Christians, we have to follow God’s laws.

  • andresa igbac

    due recognition given to women. thank you.

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    this is the best time for the catholic church to regain lost ground.

    but it seems that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.

    traditionalists do not see that chance…

  • tadasolo

    The so called traditionalist discomfort in seeing Pope Francis remove all the trappings and pomp of the papacy and show its humility and simplicity without even uttering any word against the teachings of the Catholic Church is a sign of desperation on their part in possibly losing their power and narrative in the Roman Curia.

    The traditionalist are simply no different than the Monarchial household protecting the “Myth” and “invincibility” of the King and keep the subjects perpetual adoration

    • maharlika27

      If I understand correctly in your comments, that Canon Law can be broken by a Pope anytime he wish to? Breaking a Law is not a gesture of humility but a showing of arrogance and disrespectful to His office he represents…Pope suppose to be representing God. If God permit the Laws to exist so it should be followed..Any amendments or reforms must be done in a process…Displaying badge of humility is a pride and pride is a sin..

  • tiriring

    Can that washing cure the Athletes foot?

  • http://twitter.com/tagasalog tagasalog

    latin massachusetts?

    • TinimbangNgunitKulang

      Looks like there are no more human proofreaders in the newspaper business. Only spellcheckers on auto-correct.

  • Kapitanbagwis

    The mitsubishops and the damasos must emulate Pope Francis, wash the feet of all lawmakers who voted in favor of the RH Law

    • Miguel

      False premise. Pope Francis himself will not even wash the feet of lawmakers who voted in favor of RH law for 2 reasons: 1) these lawmakers are rich. The Pope only washes the feet of those who are poor and least in our society. 2) The Pope is against any RH law that promotes contraception, and will certainly avoid washing the feet of people who are openly against Catholic church teachings. Obviously, you didn’t read the background of Pope Francis first before making the above comment.

      • Kapitanbagwis

        Sir, you must learn how to understand a sarcasm and an insulting comment. No need to bragged about your knowledge of the pope.
        KapitanBagwis Sent from my iPhone

      • Kapitanbagwis

        BTW if you believe that the Bible is the Word of God, the Bible says that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Jesus washed the feet of sinners, the pope washed the feet of sinners and what is the difference in washing the feet of the lawmakers who believed that what they did is right for the majority of the citizenry ? I hope you comprehend what I’m driving at.
        KapitanBagwis Sent from my iPhone

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    The Catholic church has no shortage of trapos. The same type that afflicts local Philippine politics and bishops.

  • upupperclassman

    “Washing the feet of any female is a violation of Holy Thursday rubrics.” It is definitely not a violation of rubrics, it is a violation of rubies. It is about time that Roman Catholic Church will get rid of itself the pompous rituals and trappings or it will remain a fake and plastic church of Christ. More blessings and power for Pope Francis to vanish the Traditionalists who cannot see that men and women are equals.

    • upupperclassman

      Correction of typo error- rubbish and not rubies. Sorry

    • JanofVA

      As long as he does they don’t start ordaining women and allow gay marriage, then everything else should be fine..no need to for the rituals and silk garbs..Jesus lived a very simple earthly life, they should do away with that anyway….but according to God’s laws, women are not allowed to preach…only to participate and assist, but not preach.

      • upupperclassman

        Please give the Bible verse that God has said women are not allowed to preach.

      • dotCommer64

        From what i understand, the Lord gave instruction to “spread the good news”, not the bible. There is no bible yet during early times until it was compiled by the catholic institution, and put its table of contents, together with verse numbers for easy reference). So in the early times, to “spread” the good news then we send Males, since its an ancient and barbaric times, there is no Interpol or UN Peacekeeping force to protect the Females from abuse. If you think this is discrimination, then how can we explain today that we dont send Female soldiers into combat etc?

        The “give me the bible verse” thing is typical of protestants yet they only got their bibles when the printing press has been invented (or order from amazon).. but before the printing machine has been invented, the bible is painstakingly copied hand by hand, letter by letter by the early church fathers. One of the oldest bible manuscript, Codex Vaticanus is safely residing in the Vatican Library.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        a lot of countries send women into battle america even has female pilots flying off aircraft carriers. israel is another. as for the bible why did the church kill anyone who owned or read the bible. and what is the torah if not the jewish bible. also several people who translated the bible into english died or had their bones dug up and burned if you want the names they are on the internet. what the church did was remove 22 books of the bible along with the second commandment. as they say history is written by the victors and the church killed anyone who opposed them

      • dotCommer64

        Hogwash, the US and Israel send female to battles i know, but that was only recently, tell me, do the US send female to battle 50.. or even just 20 years ago!? the church is here for 2000 years while you spawned only in the early century. You cite exemptions than the rule. I dont mind you sending your sisters or mother into battle. That is your own belief, Men had always fought war, even from early human history, so dont be self righteous. The Torah and the Bible you hold now (i bet you love to read it, brought to you by amazon) is not the same as the koran is not the christian bible.

        Look up the names on internet? Yeah i bet you like reading wiki web pages written by anyone who can write HTML. LOL.

        What does this 22 book contains that you want to be included in the bible… and can it be verified? I dont think you can verify because your source only came from catholics, catholics can verify because it has the history and traditions not written in the bible (and your denomination only spawned in the late century). The catholics already verified Mark, Luke, Mathew etc books for you to save you time.. you like googling dont you? Go search how we know who wrote those Luke, Mathew etc manuscripts.

        Im going to sleep now, but you know.. just cut the cheese, tell us what denomination you belong to and ill study it for you.

      • jpeter262

        Some verses that may help:

        – – – “”Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression (1 Tim 2:11-14)

        – – – “”Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her (Eph 5:22-25)

        – – – “”But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. (1 Cor 11:3-4)

      • upupperclassman

        The woman or women referred to in the Bible verses that you quoted were wives who needed to take care of husbands and children. Such teachings at that time were understandable as requirements for wives. Mary Magdalene was the first female apostle designated by Jesus to propagate the gospel. Mary did so with more conviction than Peter and this resulted in Peter becoming jealous of her. Peter even complained to fellow disciples that Jesus was closer to Mary and listened to her more. To erase the women completely from the ministry, Catholic church even labeled Mary as a whore in the early period and retracted such label in 1969 with a small notice of erratum. The Catholic Church simply perpetuated the dislike of Peter for Mary to exclude the women from the ministry. Now tell me why free and independent women cannot be ordained to be priests? Are they less capable and dedicated in any way compared to men?

      • jpeter262

        All the verses of the Old Testament as well as the New Testament must not contradict each other but rather explain or magnify one with another. Is there any verses that contradict the verses mentioned above in reply to your comment?

        In the word Mary Magdalene 12 occurrences in 12 sections of the Bible, I could not see any verses that says she was an Apostle designated by Jesus Christ to propagate the gospel. Can you please tell me where I can find it. I might missed something.

    • $39764945

      If men and women are equals then our Lord Jesus Christ while he was here on earth would have chosen 6 women and 6 men as his Apostles.But he didn’t.Instead he chosed 12 men who were to become his Apostles.

      • tarikan

        Could be that Our Lord Jesus Christ (PBUH) was a chauvinist preacher? Unable to appreciate the honest virtues and intellect of women? Or for Him the women’s traditional place is at home? Who could fault Him if it was His thinking some 2,013 years ago?

      • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

        1 Corinthians 11:9

        King James Version (KJV)

        9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

      • Maybe_this

        We have to remember too that the New Testament was entirely written by
        MEN. It was more a function of time and culture than it was of an
        eternal truth: that God in Jesus loves all and sees no gender as greater
        than the other.

        Wow, how can we be missing this!

        How can Christians be party to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees that the Lord preached so much against?

        Do we have eyes but not see? Heart but not feel?

        Do
        we really think that at the end of time our Lord God will be so shallow
        as to condemn us for being very inclusive, hospitable, loving, just,
        and fair to all?

        This kind of belief is what drives people out of the Church. This is what keeps others from even considering the GOOD NEWS!

      • Darth2D2

        i’d like to give this a go:
        1. women are not trampled underfoot in christianity. even the scriptures told of events that honored women: the Lord speaking with a despised samaritan woman, Him rescuing an adulteress from being stoned, mary magdalene, His lineage as stated in Matthew had women in them including rahab the prostitute, the gifts of the Holy Spirit did not exclude women, etc. it’s just that leadership of the church and other certain functions fell on men, which is according to God’s order of things.
        2. the hypocrisy of the pharisees was that they were all about empty legalistic traditions, but inside they reeked of pride and malice.
        3. as for washing the feet of women, i’m not aware of specific biblical instructions against it.

    • veritatis_splendor

      You’re not the authority who validates whether the Catholic Church is “real” or “fake.” Some people find certain traditions “pompous” and intimidating. I don’t mind them. They signify the dignity of the office and the solemnity of the celebration. It’s just like you wont see a president of a country wearing sando and jeans in a formal occasion. Now these certain rubrics can be changed. They are ceremonial. I don’t mind them changing.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        the priest where i came from wore cowboy boots and levis and no one minded it

    • $39764945

      From the Douay Rheims Bible: Mathew Chapter 16,verse 18-19

      And I say to thee: ( Jesus Christ talking to Peter ) Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth,it shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.Be careful on what you say my friend.The Catholic Church can never be a fake and plastic Church.because it was founded and established by our Lord Jesus Christ and made St,Peter the Leader, the Bishop and First Pope of the Catholic Church.

      Notice, Jesus Christ mentioned CHURCH which is Singular .therefore Catholic Church is the only True Church. All the others are False.

      • upupperclassman

        You talk great nonsense. The “rock” is Jesus Christ and not Peter. Peter simply could not provide a solid foundation for the church. Catholic Church came into being 500 years after Peter had died. Peter was never the first pope and there was no pope then. It was just a hallucination of Catholic Church to perpetuate a falsehood.. The first churches were those founded by Paul and these were called the Orthodox Church. When Paul was actively evangelizing, Peter was still too timid to exposed himself. Do yourself a favor to learn the correct history and not the distorted version taught in Catholic schools.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Taning Tanya Gutang-Solis

        “Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

        Upupperclassman, this quote very clearly states that Christ was talking to Peter, the rock. In fact, Peter’s real name was Simon, but Christ chose to call him Cephas, or Peter instead, which means “Rock”. I choose not to discuss your further flawed arguments, being that your starting point is already grievously errant.

      • dotCommer64

        I just replied to him, giving him the link in original aramaic language, its still being reviewed by the admin.

        If he thinks that Jesus is referring to himself, tell that to native aramaic speaking people, its very clear to them what Jesus said and its meaning since its their native tongue. All protestants dont have the history like the Catholic Church so they only rely on their “Bible”, there are thousands of denominations today interpreting the bible thousand ways.

        And this made me laugh “distorted version taught in Catholic schools”… how about “distorted version taught in Protestant schools”? Protestants has no unity, they all waged war against the church. And the church still stood there like an immovable stone.

        “No matter how the wind howls, the mountain will not bow to it”

      • Crazy_horse101010

        especially when they killed anyone who opposed them in history. thats the churchs history convert or die including hundreds of thousands of jews. how does anyone know what history is when you only have i side of it germany wrote their own history also to prove they were the master race. thers a aying in america when the church builds a house they put up the roof first then build the walls around it however they fit. yes the catholics should be real proud of their history i wonder if god is

      • dotCommer64

        LOL, interesting “web page” read… also they found ossuary of Jesus, son of Joseph and Mary right? lol.

        You dont wonder if God is proud, you already made up your mind regarding the subject. After God gave Rome to catholic christians, Rome who is the persecutor of all ancient christians… God hates catholics right?

        Germany… USA roof.. oh man.. i wonder how you woven this things together regarding the subject, anyways ill get back to work now.

      • TribuBuki

        Says the Roman Catholic Church that has killed Protestants in the past. Bwahaha! Disunity? Study the doctrines and you will find out that out of the varying “liturgies,” we are very much united. Bwahaha!

      • AntiAko

        Ever heard of the Reformation and the history of the Protestant movement? Go, study, and enlighten yourself why the old RC Church was split. And while you’re at it, can you tell me the difference in the RC Bible and all other Bibles out there?

        Rather than condemn Jesus’ followers just because they are not Catholics, why don’t you rejoice that even non-Catholics are believing in Jesus Christ? Remember, we may call Him by different names but He is still the same God we all worship.

      • dotCommer64

        lol, you call it “reformation”, we call it falling away..

      • AntiAko

        And why the falling away? Do you even know why? If you do then kindly list down the reasons for the falling away. Thank you.

      • upupperclassman

        Read my comment below to get enlightened.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Quote: “No matter how the wind howls, the mountain will bow to it”. Are you sure about that ? Have you never heard of shifting sand mountain.
        Pataka ka lang Dong ….. eeeewwwwww >>>>>>>>>>>

      • Darth2D2

        with all due respect protestants (like me) rely on the bible as the sole authority of truth because we are aware that men, with hearts inclined to sinning, are very prone to making serious errors. that’s the very root of the reformation–major roman catholic doctrines and traditions seriously deviated from scriptures and marred God’s message of salvation. just because a certain group has a longer “history”, doesn’t mean it adheres to correctness and truth (especially when juxtaposed against the supreme source of authority (which is the bible)). one may argue that roman catholic traditions come from biblical doctrines anyway. you can’t fault us then for bypassing traditions and going straight to the bible.
        as for the orthodox church being the first church, my question is which orthodox church is it? eastern or oriental? they are two different groups, mind you. for a time the christian church was simply called “church.” there were no strict divisions, although church communities identified themselves with the specific rite that their founder came from. still they were united.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        peters real name was simon bar jona and that is the name they found on a ossury in jerusalem in 49 ad peter was in a prision in jerusalem in 66 ad he was in babylon among the jews he was also in syria and there is a church there named for him according to historians there is a hundred times more evidence he was buried in jerusalem.than rome. paul mentioned on several occasions about meeting with the main christians in rome and peters name was never mentioned. peter didnt even like gentiles and refused to eat or sit down with them. .christs commision to peter was to minster to the circumcised. gal 2 .9 the circimcised are the jews. lets do a dna on the bones in rome

      • dotCommer64

        Go ahead, do a DNA of proof in Rome, DNA of who? And who is he related too? dont tell me a US protestant pastor.. anyway, the burden of proof is with you, not the church. If you want to do some tests, you do it by the book, file some papers, ask some permissions etc.. but the church institution does not feel the “rush” to prove to some insignificant protestant denomination who or who is not buried under Rome.

        You love to believe that the ossuary found in Jerusalem is real simply because there is also one found in Rome by the catholics, correct?

        “Historians”..”100 times evidence he was buried in Jerusalem”… great choice of words, intimidating.. looks credible, however.. the tomb of St. Peter has already been found in St. Peter’s basilica, our early church ancestors knew it was there from the beginning. Our history is what lacks your denomination, you are a “bible based” christian. If you want to know how it was determined that it was St. Peters.. go read the book “The Bones of St. Peter” Go disprove it, the burden is yours. Enjoy!

      • tarikan

        The Rock is Wayne Johnson. Super body!

      • Petrus_Romanus

        Jesus was talking about himself as the Rock, the foundation of His Church, not Peter.

        Refer to these: Matthew 7:24-25, Ephesians 2:19-22, Isaiah 32:1-2, Psalm 94:22, 1 Corinthians 3:11-12, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 18:31, 1 Peter 1:4-6, Ephesians 2:19-22. Isaiah 32:1-2, Psalm 94:22, 1 Corinthians 10:4, Matthew 16:18, 1 Peter 2:5, Acts 4:11, John 1.

        I hope this will make it clear:

        Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock.”

        Psalm 18:31 “And who is a rock except our God.”

        Look at what Peter even said, it looks like WE are rocks/stones as well:

        1 Peter 1:4-6
        “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, YOU ALSO, AS LIVING STONES,…..”

      • upupperclassman

        False! Peter was not a rock referred to by Jesus Christ. The male version of “petra” is just a pebble. The Church has been built on solid mother rock that is Jesus. This is why Peter has been assigned to be a gate keeper.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        if you read about james the just he lead the first church the jewish christian church who was jesus brother. this is according to matthew mark paul josephus, and hagesippus who wrote the most about it

      • dotCommer64

        Yeah go read about James… from a “web page”.. lol

      • Maybe_this

        Wow! Some kind of a historian. And what of Peter’s role in the Acts of the Apostles?

        O, wait. Since there is mention there of his preeminent role among the apostles, let’s just gloss over that and turn to some other texts, probably apocryphal, to prove your point.

        Because, as you imply, the Catholics are ignorant of their bible.

        Well, good luck to what it is you want to believe.

    • maharlika27

      As follower of God (the Pope), he must put his will to God’s guidance…If he wish to make reforms/changes in the Law of Church, he need to change the Law first before the application…The pope wants to be an example, but not in disrespecting the existing Canon Law. He showed to the world that he can break the Canon Law anytime he wish…dangerous concept…such move is not from God

  • Islander

    Naku! Baka mag coup d’etat ang mga conservatives. Ang CBCP ata ay nag-aarmas na, heheheh (juk lang po, monsignor).

  • upupperclassman

    Pope Francis should watch out for the evil effort of the Traditionalists to harm him. There are many for hire from Philippines. This is dirty church politics.

    • just_anotherperson

      Faithful Catholics would not even dare to criticize the Pope unless they have the faith and wisdom of Saints Paul and Catherine of Sienna.

  • JanofVA

    If the Catholic Church start ordaining women and marrying gays, I will be leaving the church. It is stated in the Bible that women are allowed to participate and serve the church but are not allowed to preach and that marriage is between a man and a woman only…why even call your self a Christian church if you are not going to follow God’s laws? Might as well call yourself a country club.

    • veritatis_splendor

      But of course, this is impossible. The Church Christ himself has founded is protected by the Holy Spirit from teaching error. (John 16:13)

    • just_anotherperson

      Perhaps you already left the Church.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      but people worship a woman. here even more so than christ. ive seen shrines that look like they should be in vegas that have nothing to do with god or jesus only mary. when john paul the second was shot he cried out to mary to save him. thats like the church hating jews but worship jews.

  • just_anotherperson

    The Pope has the right to change church law.

    No Pope has changed the Church’s teachings on matters of faith and morals.

    Can we say that foot washing is a matter of faith and morals? LOL. This is another case of media trying to plant seeds of doubt in the authority of the catholic church.

  • veritatis_splendor

    The Church teaches that women and men have equal dignity. Only the so called liberals see an imaginary inequality in the way women are not called to the ministerial priesthood. They should study Catholic doctrine and understand that ministerial priests administer sacraments “in the person of Christ,” who is a male. For example, in the Eucharist they consecrate the bread and say “This is my body,” lending their bodies to Christ. Remember that not everyone is called to the priesthood. That doesn’t mean that those who aren’t called are inferior to those who are. If they aren’t convinced, are they willing to say that Christ’s appointment of 12 male apostles is tantamount to declaring that men are superior to women? Don’t even reason that it was only because women were frowned on at that time. Remember that he chose uneducated fishermen as apostles.

    • upupperclassman

      Not all Catholic doctrines are God’s teachings. The Catholic Church came into existent about 500 years after the Resurrection and death of Peter. The Catholic Church was simply dominated by male chauvinistic boars in the beginning.

      • alden

        Where can you find that false history that “The Catholic Church came into existent about 500 years after the Resurrection and death of Peter” haha from ur mouth??? If I were you study our history first okey because ur claim is a big lie.

      • upupperclassman

        Tell me how did Peter who was a married man became a pope? The history of Catholic Church will show there are many more popes who were married and quite a few had several wives. The priests, bishops and popes are supposed to be genuine bachelors or celibate? A lot of Catholic teachings are after thoughts and add-on to perpetuate a false story built up over the years hoping it will become real.

      • Miguel

        You are another non-catholic here taking advantage of this Catholic news to attack the Catholic Church and promote your own religious sect’s agenda. Wow! Pope Francis has been promoting ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, and here you are setting a bad example of creating more hatred and divisions among various sects and religions. Please, learn to respect our Catholic faith, okay?

      • dotCommer64

        No my friend, let them do it.. after all they cant attract members based on truth, but they can only attract members if they bash the main catholic church.. as i said before, the burden of truth lies with the non-catholics.. we dont ask for their respect, as a matter of fact, they are longing and thirsty of recognition from catholics, they want our respect.. LOL

      • upupperclassman

        You must be living still in the Middle Ages. Poor soul!

      • upupperclassman

        “Wow Pope Francis has been promoting ecumenism and interfaith dialogue” but the Traditionalists are seething with anger and dissent. This is to remind you that Catholic Church does not have monopoly of the true Christian teachings. The Catholic faith will earn the respect when it will become deserving.

  • apojay

    As a Catholic, I am heartened by the thrust of the new Pope to get the church to relate to the ordinary people, as this may lead to actions that would address my primary concerns

    that our church has been:

    a) concentrating more on form rather than substance;

    b) more concerned with numbers rather than quality of its members;
    c) more and more willing to overlook sacrilegious practices to retain membership; and

    d) losing relevance due to its distance from ordinary people’s concerns

    I pray he succeeds in bringing the church closer to us ordinary mortals.

  • Mang Teban

    I am in agreement with what Pope Francis is doing to make some changes in the rituals of the Church. He sees what is beyond the words and phrases found in the writings that chronicled the life and times of Christ Jesus, most especially in his last three years of his ministry on earth.

    God sets the proper time and season for His people on so many things, including the rituals and the application of His teachings. The teachings are consistent and are not revised. But, it is God’s will that we should know that He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

    The application of His teachings depend on the generation or era that the world is into. For example, priests led in the worship facing Christ Jesus like the assembly in imitation of the traditional ritual of the priests in the Old Testament. Later, the crucifix was placed on the altar with Christ Jesus facing the priest which made the priest face the assembly in imitation of Christ Jesus on the table with his disciples during the Last Supper in the institution of two sacraments – Holy Eucharist (This is my Body..my Blood..do this in remembrance of Me) and Holy Orders (the apostles receiving the teachings of Jesus in His long discourse and revealing the prophesy of his passion, death, and resurrection). What is the difference? None. The priest was and is still the presiding spiritual leader representative Christ as our Teacher and Shepherd. The positioning of the priest at the altar changed but the significance of the role of the priest remains the same.

    Pope Francis meant to make Catholics understand that the message of the washing of the feet is about service to all – men, women, children, healthy and disabled. It is not about among the male apostles only. There was nothing wrong then when popes and priests wash the feet of all males in character for the 12 apostles. There is nothing wrong either now when the pope shows us to wash the feet of juvenile prisoners, male and female. Pope Francis believes that it is time now to do the will of the Father in heaven to reach out to all, Catholics and Muslims, through his new ministry of bringing God to the people. There is nothing to be afraid that the new pope is making changes on pure whim and caprice. God is with us and guides the pope to make His will known to us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=514253122 Joseph Don Zaldivar

    “Francis’ decision to disregard church law…”

    This is a wrongly worded line, because there is no such Church law [to wash the feet of 12 male adults exclusively]. It is merely an unwritten custom. Pope Kiko did not violate or disregard any Church policy by his gesture.

  • Ali Boy

    Well done Pope Francis! What is happening to the Catholic Church still follow the traditional way. The reenactment of the Washing of the feet is Biblical or Scriptural but please don’t equate this to a Rosary and Station of the Cross. You defeat the meaning of Jesus Crucifxion and Salvation. Reenactment of Jesus crucifxion does not give you Salvation. Salvation= Faith in Jesus + Good Deeds. God wants us to obey His Commandments. This is the basis of our Judgement.

  • Handiong

    The traditionalists forget that while the 12 apostles were male, Jesus’ mother, Mary, and the other Marys, Mary Magdalene and Mary of Cleophas, were very much a part of Christ’s ministry.

    Women are part of humankind and should participate actively and fully in the life of the Church.

    • buttones

      Very true- in fact women are 50% of human kind- this discrimination against women by the Church when it comes to getting through the ’glass ceiling’ is appalling, and there is no reason for a woman not to be a bishop, a cardinal or even a Pope other than archaic religious dogma. It’s medieval, the women that rock the cradles are the people who ’rule’ the world are they not?

      • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

        1 Timothy 2:11-13

        King James Version (KJV)

        11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

        12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

        13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

      • buttones

        Well that has certainly put me in my place hasn’t it- You are being satirical aren’t you, tell me you are, you can’t be serious can you?

      • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

        1 Peter 1:25

        King James Version (KJV)

        25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you

      • Maybe_this

        “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

        You, I hope, know that you and I could slice from the bible any verse or verses to prove our discordant points.

        But God’s point in the end is his hospitality, his embrace for us all. So that the distance that sin has placed between man (excuse the less inclusive language) and God is covered by God’s “crossing over” and becoming Emmanuel. And if God crosses over to be ONE LIKE US, I cannot seem to understand why we keep on putting the divisions among ourselves.

        Jesus moved within a time and culture. If Jesus had been born now, he also would be speaking in a language our time and culture would understand. If he were born Filipino, he’d probably be using rice rather than bread.

        The point I am making is “if Jesus had men around him, it was because that was the culture. But his washing the feet of those men was not because meant he put greater importance on them. It was because, as he himself had said, “If I your Lord and master wash your feet, then you should wash each other’s feet.”

        So why we cannot now wash women’s feet or, verily, include women in all the different ministries of the Church, beats me.

        We have grown so introverted that over the years, we have come to understand it seems less of the spirit of Jesus’ actions than simply the letters.

        In the end, we will be made to account for these. I have an inkling about his question and it’s not going to have anything to do with did you wash only men’s feet? I know with certainty what it’s going to be: When I was hungry, did you feed me?” … When I was marginalized for my gender, did you give me justice?

      • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

        1 Timothy 3:1

        King James Version (KJV)

        3 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

        1 Timothy 3:2

        King James Version (KJV)

        2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife

      • Darth2D2

        the passage in first timothy pertains to the order within the church, and the passage from galatians is about salvation. salvation is for all–man and woman, jew and gentile. (i know that there are other passages that saint paul wrote which are similar to the one he laid out in first timothy.) however the leadership of the communities fall upon men. but it doesn’t mean that women are inferior than men.

      • igmat

        “actively and fully in the life of the church” may not mean being a bishop. After all we cannot disregard the obvious of the gender of the 12 disciples. There is no directive from Jesus indeed that can further this theory but women can still be fully participate in the Christ’s ministry and even preach.But why a bishop?

      • buttones

        Why a Bishop? Why even a Cardinal? Exactly- why not? So tell me…..

      • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

        1 Corinthians 14:33-35

        King James Version (KJV)

        33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

        34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

        35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

      • buttones

        How terribly sad you have no words of your own, but can only cut and paste, that’s sad, it’s really quite terrifying really.. How sad,,,,

      • ARIKUTIK

        What S/he mean is that > woman were made from a rib taken out from man as in woman is “twin child” of man. Will it be right for a child girl to teach her twin father ? It should not be or else childish world will arise.

        Simply put, women are emotion while men are donk head. Since head is over the heart then men should be King above otherwise the world will be up side down if heart is above head.

        It is scary to imagine that humans will walk on head and hand just so the heart (woman) is higher up from ground? Ladies can not wear skirt anymore for it will show what they were pretending to hide… weeeee >>>>>>>>>> byeeeee >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • buttones

        I see, but this rib thingy cannot be true- women and men have the same
        number of ribs don’t they? If one day archeologists find a skeleton of a guy with one rib missing….On daughters teaching their fathers, of course they do, and sons also, that’s how we progress, the offspring teach the future….even the President was taught economics by a woman, and was taught very well [?]

      • Darth2D2

        the matters regarding God’s church is entirely different from others. the bible is very clear about order within the church, but doesn’t say much about secular leadership.

      • buttones

        In all the rambling posts I have penned, what I am trying to say
        is that as a woman I am equal to man- but am denied that equality, by men strangely enough – You speak of ‘God’s church’ which one? There are so many claimants..

      • igmat

        i don’t believe men and women are not equal just because tasks delegated to men elevates them over women or the other way around.When God delegated birthing to women, I don’t think it made them superior over men either.

      • buttones

        It is not superiority I seek,
        as you can well imagine igmat, it is an equality I seek, that is all, in all
        things. It’s all very well for people to dissect the good Book and claim ‘‘Well there’s not a lot written here about women having anything other that a subservient role in anything, so lets keep it that way” And I’m sure you don’t need reminding but the situation two thousand years ago regarding a woman’s ‘place’ was very well entrenched, in that ignorant and illiterate society, and in fact given the area of the Middle East where all this originated, it is still the same today. It is ‘mans’ assumed superiority that had bled through millennia, and this doesn’t just apply to religion, it is evident everywhere. It does not sit very well igmat, not at all, I could use the word ‘chauvinistic’, and it might be true we, as men and women are given certain roles in procreation, but that’s where the whole thing stops, even in that simple act there is an equality,…that is all I seek….

      • igmat

        your view is supported by many even inside the church.It may not be the most popular but its an argument worth revisiting especially that Jesus did not also specifically said that women can’t be priest either. maybe you meant patriarchal and you can’t be far to the truth because the bible refers to men that communicates to God.If it was the design or symbolism, I don’t know.

      • buttones

        Thank you. You’ve defined ‘equality’.

      • ARIKUTIK

        There is no such thing as equality between creatures. An elephant is larger than ant. Woman smells sweeter than musky man. How would it be if man and woman can be pregnant. Has anyone seen a woman construction laborer ? If none then that is discrimination. Carl Marx envisioned equality for all and he was proven wrong, a donk with out vision. Will an intelligent creature use a head when a moron will also enjoy equal benefit as the thinking creature. How would it be if all ladies will look equal, there wont be a battle between men to conquer the most sexy female. A rainbow looks beautiful than plain white flash of light because the difference between colors is highlighted. Nature had created it all but humans insist to make rules that all must be plain white. They don’t know what they wish for …. just like Carl Marx who had coned many for equality only to be dump when truth prevails.

        Man must remain donk head and woman must remain sweet loving sink hole. NO to lady construction laborer.

        The end of the matter IS > everyone is equal in time for death. Inequality must prevail for the sake of the game we play of whose the best to pass a time of life on earth.

      • Darth2D2

        God’s church is the body of believers as described in the bible. But if you insist on specific names, all I can say is that with the many denominations, majority do not allow women to have leadership posts (but are completely allowed to teach). One cannot say that men are hindering women, when they are only following what the bible says. I believe that the bible says that women are equal to men in dignity and honor, but certain functions are reserved exclusively for each.
        Ribs: It was only Adam whose ribs that was taken a portion from. His rib was removed to make Eve out of. They could reproduce offspring on their own already. God didn’t need to take a rib out of the father to make his daughter.

      • buttones

        Very true, for the most part, but that hardly makes it ‘right’ does it, particularly in this day and age of progressive ‘equality’. We should also remember that two thousand years ago [ for the Middle East religions] the status of women generally was one of subservience, and were considered chattel, and ’owned’ by men. That attitude still exists in many parts of the world even to this day, men shoot young girls if they want to go to school in Afghanistan as an extreme example, in KSA a woman has no rights, not even to travel independently. This archaic attitude bordering on chauvinism, deliberate discrimination is still with us, and religious doctrine is used as an excuse.

        On ribs; well I don’t prescribe to the ’creationist’ idea anyway, clearly if we are born out of one woman and one man, who only had two sons [correct me] then something very odd was going on….

        Anyway, as I posted previously the only thing I seek is equability, in everything, man and woman are the face and the obverse of a coin- neither is superior.

      • Darth2D2

        lol. there’s no point in arguing then, since yours is an atheistic point of view. again, i would like to reiterate that christianity is a faith that teaches men and women are equal in honor and dignity (for what it’s worth, early christian believers even countered gnostic incursions to the faith stating that being a woman was a curse). if we are following what the bible is telling us to do, then it shouldn’t be called a religion-based cover-up (the case is different of course if God’s word is twisted to mean something else). it isn’t fair to group us with other religions because they teach different things.

      • buttones

        Well I’m glad I keep you amused- Atheistic point of view? Or is
        that aesthetic. Look, the basic tenets of most major religions are pretty much the same, a written code of how we should live our lives, not to kill one another, not to steal from one another and you know the rest- I won’t extend comment on the obvious fact that the two I’ve mentioned are largely ignored. But, underlying all of this in most religions and society in general is the fact that women have been subjugated and considered second class even to the point that it was not so long ago women did not even have a vote in what was claimed a ‘democratic’ society. Are religions democratic? Well of course not, in the case of our RCC it is actually an elected theocratic monarchy and is run exclusively by men to the exclusion of women up to a certain level. And I might add, given the appalling things we hear going on in that organization, not run very well.

        There is no point in arguing? Why? Isn’t that the whole point? An
        exchange of ideas, points of view?

        On the topic headline- I find it all rather distasteful, and too
        showbiz….

      • Darth2D2

        “atheistic”, ma’am. there is no point in arguing because we won’t be able to see eye to eye. our points of view are totally different about the topic, and i don’t think they will ever meet, not even a compromise. you say that religions should be democratic. i say, we christians stick to what the bible says (whether RCC, eastern orthodox or protestants). furtheromre, i’ve already laid down my points two or three times about what christianity teaches about women. they are my answers to your statements about christianity, but still you’re harking the same things, ergo, there’s no more point in arguing. we can just agree to disagree.
        all major religions do have a couple of things in common, but it doesn’t mean they are the same in everything.

      • buttones

        That’s ok Jonathan- we’ll agree to disagree. And I never said religions should be democratic, I just said they weren’t. Anyway, have a nice day Jonathan…

      • Darth2D2

        thanks. yoo have a nice one too!

      • ARIKUTIK

        In terms of superiority. A woman is above all. She can do it young or old, whole night and day she’s always capable but man is good only for one burst and good for nothing when old. Woman always win in endurance match, yeheyyyyyyyy ……… weeeeeee >>>>>>>>

      • ARIKUTIK

        Seriously, extreme liberal Pope is like a woman insisting she is equal to man with out measuring her muscles. There is a reason why a woman was entrusted with mammary gland of loving breast to feed a baby and at times baby Damulag too. A woman that keeps insisting she’s equal to man never realize that man knell down in begging her hand for marriage. Man offers seat to a woman standing in bus ride. If man and woman is equal then who will be entrusted to protect muscle less lady.

        In the same way, there is a reason why Jesus choose 12 men as Apostles. It can not be reasoned out that it was because of prevailing custom of that era because God knows the future.

        Total equality of man and woman will bring chaos of whose gonna feed the baby in the middle of the night when each one is snoring. So chaos will be also if a Pope break the way of Jesus in choosing men Apostles only. There is a reason for every Fixed rule under the sun and woman is where man sinks in after a hard day battle among Hulk warriors.The woman will always be like mother and men is like father for nature decreed so. In the eyes of an innocent child they are not equal. A child will cry to mother first but laughing out loud to father first. The innocent child knows best.

      • igmat

        because the church is following the example given by Jesus in the ministry. If there is a historical account on the contrary, the church may not hesitate to do it.unfortunately, there aren’t.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Can a woman make a man pregnant ? Will it be good to liberalize the tradition of “thou shall not kill” ? There is law of gravity so that humans on earth will not float in outer space leaving the land devoid of any creature. When there is no more Fixed rules being destroyed by liberalism then humans will be like blind ants that does not march in line anymore. Chaos will be the rule. A lady married to long tailed horse and man married to a donkey.
        Be careful in what to wish in liberalism. Respect the parent or else parents will not take care of children anymore.

      • ARIKUTIK

        A pregnant lady priest officiating mass will hypnotize the devotees in juicy dream world of how did it happen. So it was decreed > only those who will never be pregnant can be priest. There is reason for every creature under the sun.

    • TinimbangNgunitKulang

      Men and women are not equal. They are complementary. One is not whole without the other.

      • Handiong

        They are equal in their incompleteness.

  • virgoyap

    What Pope Francis did last Holy Thursday was quite contrary to the one I saw in one channel where the officiating priest washed the feet of 12 well to do all male people,

  • UrHONOR

    IF HUMILITY were the virtue being brought home here, that act is purely affected and pharisaical…even as a token or as a symbol. What is meaningful and has a tremendous impact and thrust is the divestment of the church of all its glitter, pomp, and circumstance…. and the distribution of its wealth among the poor just like Jesus. And not like Jesse James.

  • Lauro

    Invite the Pope to the slum areas in Manila, India, Brazil etc, etc … before long, he will be issuing free condoms!!!!

  • Carum Al Dumal

    What Pope Francis 1 is doing is trying to open up the RC church to make it more all inclusive. Traditionalists who yearn to hear mass in Latin want to have an exclusive club. If that is the case, then you can say goodbye to Roman Catholics who are already struggling with maintaining their faith in their Church. Bravo Pope Francis 1. You are my kind of leader.

  • amelius23

    Pope Francis will indeed be a harbinger of new ways and teachings in the Catholic faith relevant to our time.

  • pinoyreacts

    I will echo tagasalog’s comment below: what, by the gods of autocorrect, are LATIN MASSACHUSETTS??!? Paano tayo aakyat sa langit niyan kung hindi kayo marunong mag-edit??

  • INQ_reader

    A literal translation of scriptures will never bring relevancy to the Catholic Church. The idea of the washing of feet is humility. And, it can be displayed by washing the feet of either men or women.

  • perpetual7

    “… the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now He is God, not of the dead, but of the living; for to Him all men are in fact alive.”

    And they deemed it special to hear the Holy Mass in Latin, a dead language.

  • jangeloracoma

    Massachusetts?

    • Carlos

      Exactly! “One of the key barometers of how traditionalists view Francis concerns his take on the pre-Vatican II Latin Massachusetts.” journalism at its finest.

      • Darth2D2

        right. i even had to google it up.

  • elmersvd

    Pope Francis is not revolutionising the ritual of the Washing of the Feet, he is just making the Vatican to catch up. Women and/or girls being washed of their feet during Holy Thursday has been done in numerous parishes and he himself has been doing it as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. What’s unusual about that?

  • Islander

    Too little water, no soap and common towel — these could cause cross contamination of fungal infection.

  • tulironghenyo

    So many show. Pa-epek talaga itong si Francis. Stop pretending by arrogating yourself to make you look like a simple, humble priest.

    We all know that you are doing it for a show.

    Can we just see the real person that you are? Kissing a disabled man now washing women’s feet? Trying to be too politically correct is showing sheer lack of understanding of the real world or the real Vicar of Christ. While I understand what you are trying to achieve, let’s get this straight.

    The pope can be a symbol of pageantry and what not, but it must show authority with simplicity, authority with a voice, authority with humility without making the Church look like a shallow hall of pretentious advocates for the poor by showing off to the world media of your so called intentions and good deeds/actions.

    In this worldly, materialistic world, being poor does not give you a voice. For the Church to have a voice and influence to the world, it MUST be on the pedestal and above all these worldly things. It must have the power, through of course, its wealth so people by all denominations (who happen to be modernistic materialists) will listen.

    By being /acting poor will get their attention? NO. By being powerful, wealthy and influential. Yes.

    Sad reality.

    • Fulpol

      LOL

    • Alajero

      ..completelybaffled…i am sorry that’s the way you see it…but the Shepherd is always with the sheep…not in the comfort of his home…action speaks…words alone cannot will result…lip service does not work anymore my friend..you got to walk the talk…and this is exactly what Pope Francis is doing…i see the new Pope’s appointment as a drastic need for reform and thinking…the pope should not be a symbol of pageantry…let’s go back to our roots….St Paul and St Peter showed you how…and they did their job for broke…not by the politics of power…and they both died trying…that is our tradition as Catholics…and true…i hope to change your perspective…happy Easter my friend…

      • tulironghenyo

        Really? Kissing feet does really show clear reforms? No one ask for the Church for humility or simplicity, no one accused any pope of arrogance and extravagance….so this issue is clearly misplaced.

        The pope is trying to address this so called ‘for the poor’, ‘humility’, traditional etc., when the real issues such as pedophilia, corruption are not tackled.

      • Alajero

        …pedophilia is best handled by law enforcement not the church…even the pope can’t do miracle…he barely started on job..he just kiss some kids feet as a sign of humility…and there’s no sign he will be doing this everyday…so it would be fair to give him time…about arrogance and extravagance you must be so sheltered from current events…i think you need to go out more often

      • tulironghenyo

        you missed the whole point. The church has been protecting pedophiles for years…..it is best handled by the church – by excommunicating them and by not protecting them. Paying the victims to shut up is not the way to solve this issue.

        You should go out and talk to the victims so you will discover yourself the pain and the life destroyed and wasted because of this tragic crime against children.

        And for the arrogance and extravagance – did you ever visit the Vatican? I did, and no one accused the pope of extravagance. I only read credible news/papers.

        His minions are extravagant, arrogant and pedophiliacs. He should start cleaning the ranks, instead of showing off what I see as actions supported only by empty rhetorics, he should start firing those priests from the church and expose the crimes, instead of hiding them behind the cloak of silence.

        I will wait and see. After all the Pope is human, and has skeletons in the closets back in Argentina, so he just like everyone else. So I suggest that you stop defending the person who doesn’t even know that you exist.

      • Alajero

        …when people criticize the hierarchy that includes the pope…he is doing what i would be doing…show example to his own ranks, the clergy…ordinary people like me would not care about vestments and the like..it is a good start and i like what i see so far…it’s all about symbolism, again a catholic tradition

    • dotCommer64

      And how will the Pope convey the message about “intentions and good deeds”?

      Through postal service? Maybe if someday you became the Pope, you can show them how…

      • tulironghenyo

        Simple. If he is really genuine, give away the Church’s wealth. Distribute it to the poor. And you will see, the influence of the Church perishes and its stand in this world fades away. Without wealth, the Church cannot fight evil. Evil is using material things to blind people of their faith. So for the Church to have a powerful voice, it MUST equal or surpass the devil’s wealth. ” An eye for an eye”. So, him telling everyone that the church is for the poor and is poor is beyond me.

        The Church must remain wealthy for the poor.

        Francis’ good intentions should be seen by visiting third world countries and do charity work, and send all those guilty priests of pedophilia to justice; rather than simply kissing someone’s forehead and foot.

    • riccisan

      there is one word for this one>>>BITTER :p happy easter and get a life too

      • tulironghenyo

        BITTER? By stating the facts making one bitter as you say is nothing but a testament of moronic blindness. happy easter and get a life, why do you have a life? You call yourself a catholic and issue a statement like as if you have a life to live. Condescending piece of work! What else can a pope do to address cynics, sceptics after his own priests where caught practicing pedophilia and defended by the church for far too long? Tell me.

  • staad

    this is nothing but show. anyone can wash anyone’s feet. i dont mind doing it myself. but the pope seems eager to do it in front of the camera.

    what we want is a response to all the cover-ups done by the rcc to hide its skeletons (pedophile priests, homosexual priests, etc..) and this has taken the back seat due to publicity of the new pope. this are the more important issues!

  • Freddie73

    May be the time for reconciliation with other faiths! Pope Francis is truly a “shepherd with the smell of sheeps”!

  • Sargo

    Will the world leaders get influenced by what he has been doing? Will the politicians truly start caring for their people because of his example? I think not. All this does is make the religious masses feel good. Feel high. That is all. In the end, the poor remain poor, with poor access to health care, education and the ability to truly get up from where they are. They are made to feel good so they will just continue to accept the sorry state they are in. As the saying goes, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer. No true change. No revolution.

    • Francis Piñon Jr.

      Yes, probably not. That’s not his fault though. He has no control over the politicians and world leaders. He can’t tell them what to do.

      What he can do, though, is set an example. Maybe these leaders might follow, maybe they won’t. But by setting an example, more people can and will follow. If more people follow, it can be a habit. If the good becomes a habit, then maybe it will spread to even to those leaders.

      Besides, what’s wrong with making the religious masses feel good? They need that. They already feel bad enough and you don’t want them to feel good?

  • boybakal

    Pope’s foot-wash a final straw for traditionalists…

    This is not symbolic in this modern age.
    Christ washed the feet of his disciples because they were really dirty.
    There were no shoes then either barefoot or sandals.

    With Adidas, Nike, Reebok, NB, Fila,Florsheim, Hush Puppies, Timberland, SAS, Rockport, everywhere and in abundance,
    There is no need for the Pope to wash as people have socks and shoes on their feet.
    Or else Pope Francis will be dealing with smelly feet and alipunga or athletes foot.

  • Alajero

    …just a signal to the bishops of the philippines to re evaluate their new context of faith…and make their efforts both apostolic and corporal to be more attune and relevant…their blind opposition to the RH bill is not constructive and does not serve the quality of faith we aspire for among the Catholics…We should be Catholic by our guts not by our skin…and hypocrisy cannot feed our hungry guts…and this is my Easter message to our revered bishops in our country…I pray that you follow Pope Francis example…let’s get out of the wall of the convent and dwell with us..and besides WE.the people are …the CHURCH…Happy Easter fellow sheeps and sinners…Long live the FAITH!

  • vaporub123

    ……He warned Catholic priests that “the reason why some priests grow dissatisfied, lose heart and become in some sense collectors of antiques or novelties” comes from seldom going out of oneself, which leads to “missing out on the best of our people”………calling out the CBCP,this should be a wake up call and remind you about the elephant ivory tusks with carvings and antiques that some of you are keeping.

    • Miguel

      Some? Who are these some bishops? Please name these some bishops who are keeping ivory tusks, otherwise you are falsely accusing CBCP and lying to your teeth just so you can again attack the Catholic Church.

  • boybakal

    This is a call for Korina Sanchez.
    If Pope cleans the feet….Korina should do too.

    Before giving Tsinelas to the school children, Korina should wash their feet first.

  • Bernadine Racoma

    And why has the “Massachusetts” thing not been corrected? Isn’t anybody from Inquirer reading the comments? Paging Mr. Lito Zulueta and his editor.

    • Irish Coffee

      Obviously numerous embarrassing typos are ok with them. Either that or theyre in some beach and couldn’t care less if the world saw their sloppy brand of Inquirer journalism.

  • tulironghenyo

    Kissing feet does not really clear reforms.

    No one asked for the Church for humility or simplicity, nor one accused any pope of arrogance and extravagance….so this issue is clearly misplaced.

    The pope is trying to address this so called ‘for the poor’, ‘humility’, traditional etc.,by kissing feet when the real issues such as pedophilia, corruption are not tackled.

    Stop the symbolism and go to the poorest of the poorest, the weakest and sick in the world and help them build their lives and find peace.

    And send those pedophile and corrupt priests to jail.

  • Irish Coffee

    Inquirer dont you even bother to read your stories at all??? Its bad enough that the quality of journalism in Inquirer is going down. Now even glaring typos are everywhere with no one from the editorial team bothering to fix it. You guys do realize this can be read worldwide right? Several comments even already pointed out the typos. Put more effort into the work you do guys its embarrassing!

  • bgcorg

    One should not confuse doctrine with mere practices. The Church is one in matters of faith and morals. Christian practices may differ from place to place and local adaptations can happen. For example, in liturgical practice, some advocate permission to use the vernacular but some Catholics prefer to hear Mass in Latin. In the end, what is important is that we pray efficaciously; language and practice is only incidental. Would this manner of prayer, as a community, be more appropriate and effective to lift up one’s heart and mind to God? There is unity in the Church and diversity in unity. Important is the action of the Holy Spirit in the Church, while her ministers make the liturgy more meaningful for their people.

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS

    TRADITIONALISTS

    ANA: “Parang mga politikong Pinoy. Naninibago ang mga paring traditionalist kay Pope Francis sa Rome porke isinama ang 2 babaing teenager sa washing of the feet ritual ng Simbahan. O, ‘di ba?”

    LISA: “Ay perfect! Sigurado akong gagayahin ng obispong Pinoy ang aksiyong ito ng Papa. Kasi ‘yung mga obispong kasapi sa Team Tatay eh ‘di lang paa kundi genitalia ng kanilang inaanakan ang hinuhugasan nila. ‘Lamoba ‘yon?”

    CION: “Kung gano’n, sila’y mga shepherd (taga-hugas) who have the smell of their sheep (hinuhugasan). Ano sa palagay mo, hmm?”

  • ApoLapullapu

    In some churches in our country the priests do not wash the feet of the “apostles” during the celebration of the last supper anymore. The washing is done by the “apostles” themselves or their near of kin.

  • http://twitter.com/rowsterr Rowie Azada-Palacios

    Read a very similar article by Nicole Winfield of the Associated Press over the weekend. Why are neither Nicole Winfield nor the Associated Press in the byline of this article? The 14th paragraph onwards are from her article.

    • tulironghenyo

      INQ is guilty of plagarism.

  • John Sulayman

    He just thought, “what would Jesus do?”, and he did it. So why would that be the final straw? People who are more concerned about the law of the Church rather than living the life of Christ should look at themselves in the mirror.

    • tulironghenyo

      Jesus would fire or drive all those pedophiles away.

      Just like he did to the merchants selling in his father’s house.

  • bicolokano

    wala bang nakakapansin? puro kayo comment pero pansinin niyo naman..

    Massachusetts?????????????

    Latin Massachusetts???????

    New form of Massachussetts???? ay naku pow!

    • penoy2012

      auto correct, hindi na-review ng editor. he, he, he

    • ApoNiLolo

      Sa palagay ko, marami ang nakapansin. It’s just too trivial to be included in their comment what everybody knows as an “auto correct” glitch.

  • dalen

    he is wonderful!

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Don’t care about this dramatic gesture washing of feet, but to say the Lord washed the feet of Peter as THE FIRST POPE is a real non-sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rashid/100004367910013 Abdul Rashid

    This washing of the feet is just a show. I see this Brigoglio to be an impostor of Jesus Christ. As Jesus has said not to call anyone on earth pope for there is only one pope and that is God the father. If this man washes my feet then all the priests in the catholic hierarchy should also wash our feet.

    • penoy2012

      He prays for you.

  • Menemes Roman

    Hi Brothers, first of all, A blessed Easter to all!

    Just wanted to share my findings that Peter really is meant to be the head servant.
    Here, have a quick look:

    For the prophecy part, in Isaiah 22:21-23 we read:

    21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. HE WILL BE A FATHER to those who live in
    Jerusalem and to the people of Judah.22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat of honor for the house of his father.

    For the affirmation of the promise, in Matthew 16:18-19 we read:

    18 And I tell you that you are PETER,and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

    (take note that keys = authority)

    For the fullfilliment part, in John 21:15-17 we read:
    Jesus Reinstates Peter

    15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
    “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
    16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
    17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
    Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
    Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

    (Sheep = elders = presbyter, lamb a young sheep, representing the lay)

    The question now is, do we belong to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ?
    Do we get our spiritual food from Peter? Do we hear his voice?

    May our Lord Bless us all :)

  • igmat

    the washing of the feet meant “a man for others” irregardless of gender, race, or beliefs. Even the laity has been specifically impressed on this as in “servanthood” and nothing else.It has nothing to do with equality in tasking nor demeaning the office.

  • Ajab Khan

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    Sahih InternationalAnd peace be upon him the day he was born and the day he dies and the day he is raised alive.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man.

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    Sahih InternationalHe said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy.”

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    Sahih InternationalAnd the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, “Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.”

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    Sahih InternationalBut he called her from below her, “Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.

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    Sahih InternationalSo eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, ‘Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man.’ ”

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    Sahih InternationalThen she brought him to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented.

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    Sahih InternationalThen the factions differed [concerning Jesus] from among them, so woe to those who disbelieved – from the scene of a tremendous Day.

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    Sahih InternationalHow [clearly] they will hear and see the Day they come to Us, but the wrongdoers today are in clear error.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd warn them, [O Muhammad], of the Day of Regret, when the matter will be concluded; and [yet], they are in [a state of] heedlessness, and they do not believe.

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    Sahih InternationalIndeed, it is We who will inherit the earth and whoever is on it, and to Us they will be returned.

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    Sahih International[Mention] when he said to his father, “O my father, why do you worship that which does not hear and does not see and will not benefit you at all?

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    Sahih InternationalAnd I will leave you and those you invoke other than Allah and will invoke my Lord. I expect that I will not be in invocation to my Lord unhappy.”

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    Sahih InternationalSo when he had left them and those they worshipped other than Allah , We gave him Isaac and Jacob, and each [of them] We made a prophet.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd We called him from the side of the mount at [his] right and brought him near, confiding [to him].

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    Sahih InternationalAnd We gave him out of Our mercy his brother Aaron as a prophet.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd mention in the Book, Ishmael. Indeed, he was true to his promise, and he was a messenger and a prophet.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd he used to enjoin on his people prayer and zakah and was to his Lord pleasing.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd mention in the Book, Idrees. Indeed, he was a man of truth and a prophet.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd We raised him to a high station.

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    Sahih InternationalThose were the ones upon whom Allah bestowed favor from among the prophets of the descendants of Adam and of those We carried [in the ship] with Noah, and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and of those whom We guided and chose. When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping.

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    Sahih InternationalBut there came after them successors who neglected prayer and pursued desires; so they are going to meet evil –

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    Sahih International[Therein are] gardens of perpetual residence which the Most Merciful has promised His servants in the unseen. Indeed, His promise has ever been coming.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd the disbeliever says, “When I have died, am I going to be brought forth alive?”

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    Sahih InternationalSo by your Lord, We will surely gather them and the devils; then We will bring them to be present around Hell upon their knees.

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    Sahih InternationalThen We will surely extract from every sect those of them who were worst against the Most Merciful in insolence.

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    Sahih InternationalThen, surely it is We who are most knowing of those most worthy of burning therein.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd there is none of you except he will come to it. This is upon your Lord an inevitability decreed.

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    Sahih InternationalThen We will save those who feared Allah and leave the wrongdoers within it, on their knees.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd when Our verses are recited to them as clear evidences, those who disbelieve say to those who believe, “Which of [our] two parties is best in position and best in association?”

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    Sahih InternationalAnd how many a generation have We destroyed before them who were better in possessions and [outward] appearance?

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    Sahih InternationalSay, “Whoever is in error – let the Most Merciful extend for him an extension [in wealth and time] until, when they see that which they were promised – either punishment [in this world] or the Hour [of resurrection] – they will come to know who is worst in position and weaker in soldiers.”

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    Sahih InternationalAnd Allah increases those who were guided, in guidance, and the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for recourse.

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    Sahih InternationalThen, have you seen he who disbelieved in Our verses and said, “I will surely be given wealth and children [in the next life]?”

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    Sahih InternationalHas he looked into the unseen, or has he taken from the Most Merciful a promise?

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    Sahih InternationalNo! We will record what he says and extend for him from the punishment extensively.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd We will inherit him [in] what he mentions, and he will come to Us alone.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd they have taken besides Allah [false] deities that they would be for them [a source of] honor.

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    Sahih InternationalNo! Those “gods” will deny their worship of them and will be against them opponents [on the Day of Judgement].

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    Sahih InternationalDo you not see that We have sent the devils upon the disbelievers, inciting them to [evil] with [constant] incitement?

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    Sahih InternationalOn the Day We will gather the righteous to the Most Merciful as a delegation

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    Sahih InternationalAnd will drive the criminals to Hell in thirst

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    Sahih InternationalNone will have [power of] intercession except he who had taken from the Most Merciful a covenant.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd they say, “The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son.”

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    Sahih InternationalYou have done an atrocious thing.

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    Sahih InternationalThe heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation

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    Sahih InternationalThat they attribute to the Most Merciful a son.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd it is not appropriate for the Most Merciful that He should take a son.

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    Sahih InternationalThere is no one in the heavens and earth but that he comes to the Most Merciful as a servant.

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    Sahih InternationalHe has enumerated them and counted them a [full] counting.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd all of them are coming to Him on the Day of Resurrection alone.

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    Sahih InternationalIndeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection.

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    Sahih InternationalSo, [O Muhammad], We have only made Qur’an easy in the Arabic language that you may give good tidings thereby to the righteous and warn thereby a hostile people.

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    Sahih InternationalAnd how many have We destroyed before them of generations? Do you perceive of them anyone or hear from them a sound?

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    I am hard-pressed to believe that this pope is not the most attention-hungry pope there has ever been. Remember the time when he got elected, he paid his own bills, carried his own luggage and rode economy. What a load of crap.

    Too much humility is disingenuous and it only sends a message that one, in reality, is really proud, if not sinister.

    Cut the horse crap, will ya?

    • ApoNiLolo

      With all the scandals plaguing the Catholic Church, this is what I call a form of “damage control”. >: D

  • ranjoranido

    pakitang tao lang ito. sasakit lang ulo ko sa mga ganitong ritual.

  • boybakal

    Pope’s foot-wash a final straw for traditionalists….

    This is too much….Why can’t these people wash their own feet and let the old man Pope do it for them.

    • ApoNiLolo

      Boy, it only shows that you’re not familiar with Christian tradition during Easter. >: D

  • Bli tz

    When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do, you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to the poor, don’t blow a loud horn. That’s what show-offs do in the meeting places and on the street corners, because they are always looking for praise. I can assure you that they already have their reward. When you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know about it. Then your gift will be given in secret. Your Father knows what is done in secret, and he will reward you… [gos:mat]

    • ApoNiLolo

      Tell that to the politicians. That’s how they earn their votes! >: D

  • Monch1

    Um, Mr. Editor… andami naming “Massachusetts” sa article. Na-autocorrect ata yung “Mass.” :)

    • penoy2012

      Hindi kasi binasa ng editor, bago na post.

  • Lord_patawad

    ano kaya kaso ng mga batang babae? muslim pa yung isa.

  • dikoy321

    Ito po ay matinding SAMPAL sa mga abuserong pari pati na mga Obispo, tulad ng Obispo sa Pinas na pumayag magbitin ng mga political tarpaulin “Buhay at Patay” !
    hehehe
    Pahiya xa, SAGAD talaga !
    Palagay ko may tsuper at kotse pa si Obispo at karamihan ng mga Obispo sa Pinas, ito nmn sa Pope Francis, SIMPLE lang, sakay pa ng bus !
    IGNORE abusive priests and Bishops !!!
    Forward Philippines !!!

  • saffronegg

    These traditionalists are so obsolete. They cling to traditions which support the hierarchy and bureaucracy of the Catholic Church: The hierarchy and bureaucracy that put God so far away from the church-its own body. It’s time to make the Catholic Church truly “The Church of the Poor”. Only by great humility of Pope Francis that he can rebuild Jesu’s Church!

    Now, I’m so afraid for Pope Francis’ life, as some traditionalists MAY plot a horrible assassination of the good Pope just to protect their interests and retain the hierarchical advantages. I just think this idea is not far fetched. Read the church history.. This continuously happens to our society, to our church. This can be real!

    TRADITIONALISTS BACK OFF!!! LET POPE FRANCIS REBUILD/REFORM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. ALLOW HIM TO DO GOD’S WILL.

  • inq er6

    pope has foot fetish

  • $46804224

    The Pope is INFALLABLE. if Pope Francis decides to allow women to preach, then we should obey it. if Pope Francis will declare that Muslims and Christians are brothers in Abrahamic faith, it is th word of an INfallable representative of God …

    • ARIKUTIK

      The Pope is human like us. Subject to disease causing virus but the life and words of Jesus was it was as it is. It can never die to be replaced by another.
      Popes die, others resign to be replaced. None among them stays forever. Only the ways of Jesus will forever be for it can never be re-enacted by human.

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    I’m liking this new Pope!!!
    also the traditionalist “forgot” that Mary Magdalene is one of the Apostle…

  • WeAry_Bat

    Prediction…Assassination by way of slow poisoning…Discreet, masked as physical illness.

  • Francis Euston Acero

    Massachusetts? Wow. That’s what happens when you copy-paste AP stories, and lambast others who fail to do it correctly.

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