You can read Allen's article HERE.
Pope Francis, while decidedly progressive in most things Catholic, especially the Church's social teaching, does seem to be open to traditionalists such as the SSPX and bringing them back into a regular status in the Church. In fact he has given them faculties to licitly hear confessions during the year of mercy of any Catholic who chooses to go to their chapels for it.
We know that Pope Francis has offered many olive branches to progressives who have felt disenfranchised by the last two pontificates. Liturgially Pope Francis has confirmed what is common practice in many dioceses throughout the world on Holy Thursday, women may have their feet washed and the pope has changed the liturgical meaning of it or at least its theology. Of course, this ritual has always been optional.
Now, though, Cardinal Robert Sarah seems to have indirectly chastised Pope Francis for allowing women's feet to be washed.
This is what His Eminence has written. If Cardinal Sarah is confronting the pope publicly, gulp, His Eminence may end up like Cardinal Burke. My prayer, my hope, is that Pope Francis gave his tacit approval for the good Cardinal to contradict His Holiness. Time will tell:
Priests are not obligated to wash the feet of women during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, Cardinal Robert Sarah has confirmed.
The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments told reporters in Rome on February 26 that every bishop or priest “has to decide in accord with his own conscience, and according to the purpose for which the Lord instituted this feast.”
Read the entire article HERE.
Will Cardinal Robert Sarah face the wrath of Pope Francis, similar to the person in Mexico who nearly pulled down Pope Francis on top of a disabled person?
Or did Cardinal Sarah act in concert with the pope, thus confirming John Allen's thesis that Pope Francis is the "both/and" pope in a world of "either/or?"
Much to the dismay of some, I will follow my late mentor, Bishop Raymond Lessard and wash the feet of six RCIA candidates, a mix of men and women. Six are chosen to make clear that this foot washing has nothing to do with Jesus' washing the feet of the first priests of the Church. Rather it is based on Pope Francis theology of using the Mass to teach everyone that everyone is to be of service to the needy. I can live with that or the other. I guess I am a both/and person in an either/or world. How about you?