WHY IS POPE FRANCIS PULLING HIS HAND AWAY FROM PILGRIMS WHO WANT TO KISS HIS RING?
Is it because he is getting fed up of people?
Is it because at heart he is nasty and mean?
Is it because he has arthritis and his hand is sore?
Is it because he is beginning to suffer from dementia or a mental disorder?
Or is it because he wants to de-mystify the papacy and point to the pope as a servant and not a master?
One thing is sure – his actions are confusing and hurting people and an explanation is needed from Francis himself.
Kissing the pope’s ring (and in the past bishop’s) is a very old custom.
In fact, here in Rome this week, I have had my ring kissed several times. I normally respond by kissing the hands of those who kiss mine – to show mutual affection and respect.
This in is line with Christian teaching that each human being we meet is an alter Christus – another Christ.
If Francis does not want people to kiss his ring he should a public announcement about it and give his reasons.
Or, if he feels that strong about it, he could stop wearing a ring altogether.
DERRY DEACON REPRIMANDED AFTER INSULTING ANGLICAN HOLY ORDERS
A DERRY BLOG READER WRITES
Dear Bishop Buckley
I emailed you last week about Derry Deacon Declan McGeehan’s comment on Twitter about his view that Anglican priests were “null and void”. He reposted a tweet by the Archbishop of Canterbury who celebrated 25 years of ordination of women to priesthood, and Deacon McGeehan tweeted that Pope Leo XIII was right, Anglican orders are null and void.
I sent an email to the Bishop of Derry, Bishop Donal McKeown saying I saw the tweet and I gave him my concerns over these types of comments, especially since Bishop McKeown and Father Paul Farren have a close friendship with the Church of Ireland Archdeacon Robert Miller. Father Farren even co-wrote a book with Arcdeacon Miller.
Bishop Donal McKeown replied to me, thanking me for pointing this out and that he would take this matter further.
Well today I see Deacon McGeehan’s Twitter account is no more. It is gone, wiped. “Null and void” I will use the term.
Thank you for your email and the information you provide.
It was very fundamentalist and non-ecumenical for the deacon to be insulting another church’s business and reputation.
You were quite right to complain to the bishop.
If McGeehan thinks like that, it raises questions about his suitability for ordination.