In this Remnant TV Short, we examine the bizarre scene at the Vatican last week when Pope Francis suddenly took it upon himself to start kissing the feet of some visiting dignitaries.
To see the Vicar of Christ, Successor of St. Peter, down on all fours did violence to the sensibilities of many Catholics, while giving others to believe this is the humblest pope in the history of the world! But is it humility that causes one to stand when others kneel, to keel when others stand, and to constantly be seeking out opportunities to single oneself out and to be different?
By the way, we were told that the reason Francis rarely kneels in front of the Blessed Sacrament is because of arthritic problems with his hips. Was there some miraculous cure recently? The Pope seems positively eager to show us all how spry he is.
Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000. Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll)and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.