Events of the past three days, spawned in great part by the lead of Pope Francis as he invokes this "god of surprises", makes painfully obvious that this "god of surprises" that the pope invokes is nothing more than a filthy false idol. As noted in a post two days ago, we saw how Lutherans received Holy Communion. It is sacrilege for non-Catholics to receive Holy Communion; that priest knew full well what he was doing. May God bring him to speedy repentance. Even if the pope ordered him to offer Holy Communion to non-Catholics, he was bound by the sacrament that he received not to commit mortal sin. On the heels of this sacrilege we have a new outrage.
The pope ordered Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to issue a decree ordering that women be admitted to the washing of the feet during Holy Thursday liturgies. Edward Pentin gives full details in the National Catholic Register, along with the full text of Cardinal Sarah's decree. Note that in his decree, the Cardinal ascribes full responsibility for this foolishness to the pope; who can blame him? Indeed, in his letter to Cardinal Sarah, the pope said he had "the intention of improving the way in which it is performed so that it might express more fully the meaning of Jesus' gesture in the Cenacle." Yep! For over two thousand years, the Church had no idea what it was doing when it restricted the rite to men. In fact, Jesus Christ Himself had no idea what He was doing when He washed only the apostles' feet on Holy Thursday night. It has always been the Church's teaching that this rite was reflective of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Is the "god of surprises" once again trying to get women admitted to that Sacrament?
The demon(s) that masquerade(s) as this "god of surprises" seem(s) to have in mind the complete deconstruction of the Sacred Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Let's be clear - when we say "Sacred Tradition" we are talking about the revealed will of Jesus Christ as He has communicated it to His Church. God's teaching and will do not change for God Himself cannot change.
I will note that there is one tiny piece of silver lining to this dark cloud that the pope just released. In issuing the order stating that "from now on the pastors of the church may choose" women to participate, he is acknowledging that prior to the order, that women were not allowed to participate. In other words, he is acknowledging his own disobedience to Canon law, as well as thousands of other progressive clergymen. What, if anything, will be done to repent of so many sins of disobedience to the Church on those occasions? Do we hear crickets?
I believe the order does specify that those chosen must be Catholics, although heaven only knows what he means by "people of God". Will he add insult to injury by continuing to select non-Catholics for the foot-washing? I suppose we should breathe a sigh of relief that he did not order priests to select women, although progressive bishops can now use this order to coerce their faithful priests into doing so.
When I first heard of this order, this poem came to mind: "Disobey! Have your way! Then one day, they'll say ok!" The poem would be a perfect fit except that this papal order is not a reluctant concession, but one given in all enthusiasm. It is right up his ally, as is apparent from his previous patterns of action and speech.
Let us pray that these abominations end soon, for they are wreaking havoc with the eternal destinies of many thousands, if not millions of souls.