Devout Catholic Nancy Pelosi washed some feet at an Episcopal cathedral in San Francisco yesterday. Go here for a snapshot.
Thanks to the Holy Father being creative with the liturgy, here’s what the ceremony of foot washing has become: a photo op for just about anyone to make a political statement.
“Here, are the cameras ready? I want to get in on this foot washing gig too! Wow, that Pope is so fantastic. That foot washing thing is a great opportunity to show how much I care for the poor. Let me snuggle in here with a top dog Episcopalian so the big money folks can see how much I care for the poor. Hold on. I need to get back to Washington because I think we’re voting to give ourselves another pay hike this afternoon. Then I have to attend a dinner where I’m going to get the Margaret Sanger Eugenicist Award.”
This is exactly what Papa Benedict meant when he said the liturgy is not the place to be creative. This is because soon the creativity takes over and becomes more important than the liturgy. It becomes a gimmick, and once it’s a gimmick it becomes not much more than a gimmick.