As any who have visited this blog are probably aware of I don’t have much of anything good to say about the Catholic church-their history, or their present.
But I do like the fact that this new Pope washed the feet of women and broke with tradition in doing so-of course the die hard fundamentalist are clucking and tut tutting just as they did when the church transitioned to speaking the liturgy in something other than Latin.
The church, long on patriarchy and male dominance may actually be undergoing an epiphany, or least an understanding that they have increasingly alienated the faithful and attempting to play catch up.
Long on talk of forgiveness when related to their history that includes decades if not centuries of the rape and abuse of children, they need to ask in addition to be forgiven for the manner in which they have oppressed women and attempted to inflict their “moral” standards upon them.
Standards that too often included the threat of excommunication and an eternity in “hell”.
Where is the voice of women in the church to be found-what position of real authority and input have they enjoyed?
No one should ever bow down to another, no one should ever kiss a ring on anyones hand-and yet this has been the expectation of the church from priests to Popes, to bow and kiss their ass.
And for women it has gone so far as a doctrine and practice to surrender the control of their reproductive cycles.
Inspite of all this some within the church hierarchy have an issue that a man washed and kissed the feet of two women?