Honestly! People! Get over it! Maybe he’s yet to have his feet measured!
Freaking out and acting like jerks about the Holy Father doesn’t help.
That’s been said. I agree. If there’s any intimation that Pope Francis is a schizoid Judas because he wears black shoes, well then, that’s just freaking out. Hopefully people will get over that.
And yet, there are those who defend complaining about black instead of red shoes by pointing out other “heterodox” actions of Pope Francis. As you know, I’ve been defending Pope Francis, even in his not genuflecting after the consecrations, thinking that this may well be for reasons of health. I think I make a great case: HERE.
Let’s discuss that for a bit in reverse and then get back to the shoes thing.
Let’s say that having bad knees is not the case at all. Let’s hypothesize that his knees are in perfect shape and that he could genuflect if he wanted to. Is there no good reason for him to bow in that case? I can think of a great reason, which will make people freak out altogether, but only because they do not have the perspective of the See of Rome. It’s called a “See” with oversight — episcopate — for a reason.
What if… What if… he has the idea of making a bold gesture to the Orthodox, who bow?
But Father! But Father! Think of the implications! It’s tinkering! It’s… It’s…
Shush! You’re thinking in the manner of knee-jerk reactionary protectionists.
There are a multitude of rites and a multitude of changes to those rites as time marches along. Think about it.
Is bowing blasphemous? No.
But Father! But Father! Bergoglio is certainly a damned ecumenist from hell! Nameless people on the internet said so! How dare you throw away doctrine and morals and sweep away our own traditions for those strange and to be damned Orthodox! They are NOT Catholic! Damn you too, Father George!
First of all, it’s Pope Francis. Second of all, the Holy Father hasn’t done anything against proper ecumenism or thrown away doctrine or morals, has he? And if it is true that he is not genuflecting as a bold ecumenical gesture, this is not sweeping away our traditions as if our traditions were trash. Finally, damning anyone with horrific name-calling doesn’t do anyone any good at all. No one says the Orthodox are damned.
Are we open to being led by our Holy Father? He’s the Supreme Shepherd, definitely not you, definitely not me. He’s not yet worn spectacular vestments to be found only in the Vatican perhaps for a good reason. Perhaps priests who have no idea that one can believe in the Holy Sacrifice will sit up and take notice that a Pope who wears vestments like they have is also — strangely — a believer. Just a thought.
But Father! But Father! Getting back to the real point at hand, his shoes should be red! Surely he thinks that Christ is not worth the best that we can offer! Surely he wants to divide Christ! Surely he insults the very poor who are at Mass and want to offer their best to Christ Jesus! Surely Bergoglio is from hell, a damned and schizoid Judas Pope if there ever was one!
I ask you. Did he wear a burlap potato sack for a vestment in one of his Papal Masses to date? No? Was there excellent material with gold embroidery? Yes? Finer vestments than most parishes have right around the world? Yes? And so?
Those who strike at the person of the Holy Father strike the anointed of the Lord and strike at the Church and strike at Christ Jesus, who already knows what it means to be beaten down.
But Father! But Father! We have a right to damn the Pope to hell, you know… respectfully! We have a right to call him a damned Judas Pope! And if that’s not case, if our accusations are later proven wrong, so be it, but until then, we can go before the throne of God Himself and accuse Bergoglio of anything, day and night, as we damn well please, especially if we add that we think he’s a nice guy and that we’re going to pray for him, because that permits us to say anything and everything! And besides, we saw it on the internet!
I’ve been getting plenty of comments like that in the comments box that I haven’t let through. Sigh. Sure, lots of these people are trolls for anti-Catholic groups, but I’m afraid that they are having an effect, so that even the elect are falling away. Come, Lord Jesus!
By the way: My footwear:
New shoe-laces. Sorry. And a backup pair, just to show how much I don’t care:
New shoe-laces for this pair as well. Sorry. That’s not to say I don’t have a pair of shoes left over from when I was teaching at the Josephinum. They are in as good a shape as Pope Francis’ black shoes pictured at the top of this post. Black shooooes! Ooooo!
I suppose I’ll have to get something better some day, perhaps soon. But now, I feel like I should go barefoot even when using the chainsaw.
Look, people. Let’s be good and kind. Jesus is good and kind. The Holy Father does not hate Jesus. Really.