One of the octocardinals has conservative Catholics all fussy for permitting a non-Catholic and a woman to touch him in a liturgical way.
Rev. Anne Robinson, liturgical toucher:
I’ve been in so many places where I’ve been excluded in so many ways because I’m a woman in ministry. It wasn’t a sacrament, and I’m sure Cardinal O’Malley would express the same beliefs as Pope Francis, that they don’t believe the ordination of women is appropriate. He wasn’t saying any of that.
He was saying what the whole service was about, that if you go back to our baptism, we are all Christians. And in that moment with him, we were one.
Despite all the huff and puff, that’s basic Ephesians 4.
To be fair, outside of an ill-advised piece from the blog Rorate Caeli there was no internet buzz objecting to O’Malley’s gesture. It does demonstrate, however, that people with traditionalist sympathies – myself included – have a serious public relations problem.
Meaningless PR gimmick by the American Octocardinal– good tag, by the way. BTW I hope you get credit for the “octocardinal” term as it slowly spreads across the internet. In any case, I’m less disgusted by the pro-abortion female minister applying water than by the false idea that this was even blessed water at all. If I read the article correctly, it was a Methodist “bishop,” –i.e. a layman– who “blessed” the water.