There is no word that can properly express my soul's reaction to the absolute lack of humility on display. 'My heart grieves' will have to suffice.
Someone has opined that perhaps it is flu season there and like the common chalice, deadly germs on his ring could be a health hazard.
The pope stopped letting people kiss his ring after a certain point: before that he didn't pull back. Perhaps the line was long and he wanted to speed things up, or he might have had a valid concern for germs. Who knows, could someone intentionally have left a large deposit of saliva? The Pope did what he though appropriate. Personal opinion is that he was not rude arrogant or ignorant.
Kavanaugh, man of science, would insist that Santita keep putting his ring out there, germs be damned!!!
A storm in a teacup. The last time I met a bishop he merely extended his hand to be shaken. From the 1960s onwards most bishops have discouraged the traditional obeisance.I noted that PF used the Roman Canon, and did not omit the 'roll calls' as many do. Yes, it was in Italian, but if you're used to hearing the Mass in Latin intelligibility is not a problem. I would have had no difficulty in singing the simple chants either.Everybody seemed to be reverently participating. It is how the vernacular Novus Ordo should be celebrated, and the common orientation makes all the difference.
John Nolan,Several years ago I experienced an OF celebrated ad orientem and was taken aback (in a good way). It provided a sense of sacredness and visible continuity with our Catholic liturgical tradition. That's when I concluded that the switch to versus populum was the most pernicious of the laundry list of pernicious "reforms" foisted on the Faithful.
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