The new Pope is carrying the heavy burden of a very strained Catholic church these days, and he is no doubt looking to signal that his leadership will be different from that of recent Popes.
Last week he succeeded in spectacular fashion (“spectacular” = of spectacle) by washing and kissing the feet of several women. <source>
No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis’ gesture sparked a debate among some conservatives and liturgical purists, who lamented he had set a “questionable example.”
We live in an age of drunken power, central control, tyranny by the few over the many, and megalomania by petty bureaucrats who would gladly enslave us all as their arrogance blots out the sun (remind you of anyone?).
The Pope’s act of humility speaks more loudly than 1,000 sermons and I am amazed by it.