...a thoughtful piece saying why I think it is a pity that Pope Francis has decided to have women among those who have their feet washed in the Mandatum on Maundy Thursday.
But this has produced such a torrent of inane, and in some cases spiteful Comments about the Pope that I have deleted it.
It was especially nasty to have the anonymous Comment from some one who said he/she was glad I had "FINALLY" (in excited block capitals) said something against the Pope...and that he/she "just wanted to speak out". But Anonymous has not spoken out: merely hidden behind a nasty anonymous comment. And it was this that made me remove my Blog piece. I don't want to be linked in any way to such people.
Please note: I think it is great pity that the Pope has done this, and believe it will one day be reversed. There is something profound about a man kneeling before other men and being at their service, and this is a subtly different thing from the long tradition of Christian kindliness and chivalry towards women. So I think there is much more to explore here, and the Pope's decision will not be the last word on the subject - there can be further respectful discussion over the years on this.
But I am wholly uninterested in any comments from people who loathe the Pope/believe he is the antichrist/point rudely to his clumsy movements/ are longing for him to die/ sneer at him for not genuflecting on one knee/announce that he makes them incoherent with rage/ believe he is an imposter etc etc etc.