I feel moved by the Spirit to share this news item with you.
“(CNN)Pope Francis has broken with papal protocol by kneeling to kiss the feet of South Sudan leaders at the Vatican.
A video released by the Vatican shows an aide on Thursday assisting the 82-year-old Francis, who was breathing heavily, so he could kiss the feet of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. He then moved on to Vice Presidents-designate Riek Machar and Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior.
Kiir and Machar were once rivals, with Kiir accusing Machar — his former deputy — of staging a 2013 coup. Years of civil war followed. In 2018, they signed a peace agreement in Ethiopia, and they are now attempting to form a stable government together.
“To you three, who have signed a peace agreement,” the Pope said, “I ask you as a brother, remain in peace.” …”
As a good Lutheran, I can’t resist the temptation to point out to our Catholic readers how your Pope is breaking with your own traditions and give you a good ribbing:
Is this man acting like the Vicar of Christ on earth should be performing his role? I don’t think so. I can understand the gesture and the good will effort being made by Pope Francis to bring peace to South Sudan. As a peaceful populist, I find war distasteful as well, but I really liked Benedict XVI so much better. He was a much more impressive Catholic … than this guy or Leo X!
Further Reading: Roy Batty’s 2.0 take.
Further Watching: Learn something about Lutheranism.
As a historicist, I like watching documentaries and learning about my own culture. I like to think about moral and economic paradigms in the context of history.
Learn something about Calvinism as well … why the hell not? Why don’t we spend our time taking advantage of leisure and technology to become more educated, civilized human beings?
Note: Before you get mad at me for pointing this out, I would like you to see this as just an exercise in the absurdity of identity politics. I’ve already explained to you that I am a fan of lots of Catholics like St. Thomas Aquinas, Bernard of Clairvaux and the Cistercians.