Do Muslims Belong to the "People of God" for Pope Francis?
Reception Station of Castelnuovo di Porto
(Rome) Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday liturgy today in a refugee center "with young refugees". The majority of the inmates are Muslims. The Pope will wash the feet of some of them. The Pope's rumored "syncretistic tendency" (Secretum meum mihi) is extended to a new chapter.
Pope is now washing the Feet of Muslims in 2016
In January Francis did change the rite of foot washing and allowed the admission of women. He washed women's feet as archbishop of Buenos Aires for years. As the Roman newspaper Il Messaggero reported, it's Muslims this year who are also to be among the twelve elect, who will have their feet washed by the Argentine Pope.
In the Decree In Missa in Cena Domini the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 6 January, 2016 with the Pope Francis, officially allowed women to the foot washing, which is referenced on the headings of the Roman Missal. It says: "The acolyte accompanies those who have been selected from the people of God to ..."
The change in the rite is justified by the decree, "so that the full significance of this rite is made accessible to the celebrants". What the "full meaning of this rite" is, is not explained.
The extension to introduce women is that "the shepherds can select a small group of faithful who represent the diversity and unity of each part of God's people."
Since already on Holy Thursday in 2013 the Pope also washed the feet of members of other religions, specifically, those of Islam, since there is a question in the air: Does Pope Francis also include Muslims among the "people of God", of which we speak in the decree?
"Obviously," for Francis Muslims also belong to the "people of God"
"Apparently yes, although it's not explicitly stated, as today's washing of the feet of women and Muslims is suggesting" said Secretum meum mihi .
On Tuesday, Curial Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, told Osservatore Romano the previously secret location where Pope Francis is to celebrate, outside of his Diocese, the Holy Thursday liturgy. The place of celebration is the refugee center of Castelnuovo di Porto, just outside Rome. The refugee center is operated by the Christian cooperative Auxilium.
It was in the past that in 2014 and 2015 that this reception center was inflamed to revolts, in which the migrants violently demanded their recognition as refugees. The Mass, according to Il Messaggero, "would include participation by the employees of Auxilium, the pastor and the refugees (mostly Muslims)."
"According to the reports of the Osservatore Romano and the Messaggero , it is clear that the Pope actually counts the Muslims as the 'people of God,'" said Secretum meum mihi .
This redefinition of "People of God" is in open contradiction of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraphs 781-786 ).
"Is it time to rewrite the Catechism?" Asks Secretum meum mihi .
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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