Rome, March 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has today made clear that he does not want the faithful to kiss his papal ring as he repeatedly pulled his hand away from pilgrims who were set up to greet him reverently during his daily visit to the sacred house of Loreto.
A disturbing video from the Italian news site TGCOM 24 captured the Pope's insistence that the camp does not show him such reverence.
] It is not known why Pope Francis objects to this.
Importance of the Rings
A bishop ring is a sign of his "marriage" to the diocese he ruled with. Admitted during the rite of initiation, the bishopric was historically regarded as symbolic of the bishop's mysterious engagement to his church.
The formula used in the bishop's initiation story when invested in his ring is loaded with such a symbolism. According to the rite, the main lawyer places the ring on the ring finger of the new bishop's right hand and says, "Take this ring, your beloved seal. With faith and love, God's bride protects his holy church." The formula goes back to the first millennium.
According to Nicaeas Council, a bishop was not moved from his diocese because of the nuptial significance of Episcopacy. To repress the church that he was consecrated and transfer to another diocese was considered to mean "adultery."
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The motto of kissing the bishop (called Baciamano baciamano in Italian) is a way of reminding The bishop, in his promises to his people and their loyalty to him, is a reminder of the unbreakable nuptial bond between him and his people and love and loyalty to one another, the priest and fate who kiss a bishopric remind him of his obligations when He was consecrated to the bishop.
The bishop of Rome's ring – "Fishermen's Ring" – is a sign of his father's father's relationship with the Church as a whole and shattered after the death of a Pope. Kissing "Fishermen's Ring" therefore refers to dignity and office and expresses loyalty to him as a successor to St. Peter.
When Pope Francis received the fisherman's ring by his install ation on March 19, 2013, St. Joseph's solemnity, the Virgin Mary's husband and protector of the universal church, was ringed in procession from St. Peter's tomb where it had been laid.
When he received it, the following prayer was said:
The holy Holy Father, Christ, the Son of the living God, the shepherd and guardian of our soul, who built his church on stone, must give you the ring, the fisherman Peter, who put his hope in him on the sea of Galilee, and to whom the Lord Jesus trusted the keys of heaven.
Today, the Blessed Apostle Peter succeeds as the bishop of this Church who presides over the unity of love, which the Blessed Apostle has learned. May the spirit of love poured into our hearts give you gentleness and strength to preserve all of you who believe in Christ in unity and fellowship.
The bishopric symbolizes unbreakable unity between the bishop and his spouse, the local church. Pope Francis has proved to be uncomfortable with such traditional concepts in the past.
The pope has also proved uncomfortable with other traditional movements of reverence.
Shortly after his installation as a pope, he asked a young altar child, who stood awfully with his hands together, if they were "tied together." Attempting to pull the boy's hands apart, Pope Francis told him, "It seems they are stuck" (see video here).
The reason for his aversion to the limb that kisses his ring is unclear.
Pope Francis likes personal expressions of loyalty to his person rather than his office.
In comments on LifeSite after watching the video, a source near the Vatican said: "He doesn't understand it's not about him. It's about the office." Another observer noted that while Pope Francis is uncomfortable with the Believers who kiss their ring, he has repeatedly expressed personally esteem and affection although selfies and cuddling.
LifeSite asked the Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti why the Pope did not want the believers to kiss his ring during his visit to the Holy House of Loreto, but has not yet received a reply.