The archbishop caves to the pressure

The archbishop caves to the pressure

I don’t know how else to characterize it. Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston now says he will wash women’s feet on Holy Thursday. Despite the rubrics’ clear mention of viri selecti (chosen men), and his statements in support of that last year, the archbishop now says that the Vatican has told him that it’s okay to include women. I find that very surprising given other statements from the Congregation for Divine Worship contrary to that.

Of course, the Boston Globe trumpets this as a triumph.

Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley, who angered many Catholic women last year by inviting only men to participate in a ritual Holy Thursday foot-washing ceremony, has decided that this year he will wash the feet of women and men.

“Many Catholic women?” Did he now? How does the Globe now this? Did they do an independent survey that showed many Catholic women were angered? No, what they did was give their own opinion, that Catholic women should be angered and thus impose upon the archbishop and the Church what the Globe wanted. And I hate to say it, but he fell for it.

There was no clamoring from the pews that the archbishop wash women’s feet on Holy Thursday. I just wish he wouldn’t have fallen for the liberal newspaper’s obvious tactics.

On Saturday, 2,000 Catholic men expressed their full-throated support for their archbishop and their agreement that they will not put up with the pressure tactics of the Boston Globe, just across the street from them. I wish the archbishop had listened and understood.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli
7 comments
  • Quote:
    The archbishop consulted with Vatican officials about the Holy Thursday practice, the newspaper said.

    “The Vatican responded that although the “liturgical requirement is that only the feet of men be washed at the Holy Thursday ritual,” he could make whatever decision he thought was best for Boston, said Ann Carter, a spokeswoman for the archbishop.”

    If he in fact consulted the Vatican and got a reply, where can I read this reply? Did I miss the official letter somehow?

    I am one of those who need proof that the Vatican actually responded in this way.

    Just call me Thomas!

  • Dom,
        You’re absolutely right that the Globe has no empirical evidence to assert that “many” Catholic women were angered by the Archbishop’s decision not to wash the feet of women last year.  Clearly, some were and some men were, too.  Indeed, one could argue that the incident marked the end of O’Malley’s honeymoon period as bishop of Boston, and, in this sense, cost his some of the good will he could have used in implementing parish reconfiguration.  Still, that’s hardly evidence of a groundswell of the “many.”  Sissy also makes an excellent point.  The announcement reeks of PR spin.

  • Wanted: a firm hand at the tiller in Rome.  And at every see.

    I just lost a lot of respect for O’Malley.

    The Globe scribe could have gotten away with the less determinate “some” but “many” is pushing matters far in a straight news story without further substantiation.  Unless, of course, you have an agenda and editors too sloppy to notice or too eager in their support.

  • It is not a “pastoral reason” to appease a demon-throated mob.  Pastor means shepherd.  The Good Shepherd leaves the 99 sheep and goes and finds the lost 1, breaks its legs, and carries it back to the flock.  The Good Shepherd does not lead the 99 sheep wherever the wayward 1 wants to go.  This “pastoral” decision leads the flock away from Christ and His Gospel. 

    Dom,

    On Saturday, 2,000 Catholic men expressed their full-throated support for their archbishop and their agreement that they will not put up with the pressure tactics of the Boston Globe, just across the street from them. I wish the archbishop had listened and understood.

    I think your chronology is off.  The Archbishop made his decision and announced it on Friday the 18th, a day before the Men’s Conference.  Let us hope that the Conference was an opportunity for conversion for the Archbishop as well as for so many other men in Boston.

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