“We worship not the Graces… but Fashion. The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveler’s cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.”
So wrote that keen observer Henry David Thoreau in his 1854 classic Walden.
Then there is the 32 year old young fogey, Toronto diocese priest, freshly minted from the seminary who said that he would never wash women’s feet during a Holy Thursday liturgy. The famous Johannine story is only mentioned in the Fourth Gospel.It is of course a powerful parable of the servant Christ.
This sad priest is not very different from those bishops who continue to outrage Catholics by doing the same.
The “head monkey” in Rome Pope Francis has just fired another shot across the calcified bow of the Holy Roman Church by (gasp, can it be true) washing female feet (and say it isn’t so, Muslim feet) at a juvenile detention facility in Rome.
This is against Roman church policy though most intelligent pastors reject it bit it would be worthwhile to find out how many putative leaders in Canada continue this outrageous discriminator practice.
Now it will be interesting to watch “the monkeys in america” these reactionary bishops who slavishly follow Rome’s outmoded dicta.
My guess is like all unimaginative bishops they will quickly follow suit now that “head monkey” Francis has set such an inclusive example. And so it will be when we start ordaining women. The sheep will all chorus,”I always believed this but…..”