- All those admiring, beseeching, troubled faithful . . . it’s tough being Pope
- Clearly this guy has a short temper but in viewing the video several times of the Pope slapping a beseeching woman’s hands we see no indication she twisted or scratched his hand nor that the Pope was favoring the hand prior to her position in line.
Pope Francis apologized Wednesday for his widely-viewed slap of a woman who had grabbed his hand as he greeted Catholic faithful on New Year’s Eve.
The image of Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of the admirer was an instant hit on social media.
A personal apology followed.
“We lose patience many times,” Francis confessed.
Maybe it’s just a rumor, but, reportedly the “world’s most humble person” also said, reiterated his version of Jesus’s admonition to his apostles (Luke 18:15-17:
“And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God”. )
“Don’t be ‘suffering’ the little children (or grabby women) unto me!”
15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Even Francis’ fanboy liberal press sees some irony in his slap-scolding a faithful woman and then going off to make a speech condemning violence against women.
We note that when it is not the optics he wants, this pope is quick to issue clarifications or apologies. Which also says something about his declining to explain so many “off the cuff” remarks that so often engender “confusion” — perhaps that is just the effect he wants?
Of course there are those times when the fanboy Pope himself seemed grabby:
dlh with R Mall