Pope Francis, it seems, can’t stop squandering whatever little true moral capital he has left. Last week the ageing pontiff, who is much given to periodic bouts of showboating, decided to drop to his knees before several recent Muslim migrants to Europe (call them “refugees,” if you will) from North Africa and the Middle East. He then proceeded to wash the asylum seekers’ feet with holy water before wiping them clean and kissing them. A cringe-worthy spectacle that was.
It was a customary rite for Holy Thursday, of course, during which a regnant Vicar of Christ may choose to reenact a public act of humility by emulating Jesus, who washed the feet of his disciples prior to his crucifixion. But not for Francis simple humility. Instead, the media-savvy pope could not resist the temptation to use the contrived photo-op to continue leading beleaguered Europeans down a primrose path by way of “moral guidance.”