KISS OF PEACE
BASIC R.C. BELIEF
A ceremony during Mass when the clergy exchange Christian greetings.
Also included in this part of Roman Catholic theology is kissing the Pope's
foot, a ceremony borrowed from the Persian Court and continued over 1000
years (CATHOLIC DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGY, Vol. III, p. 187). Some theologians
use Isaiah 49:23 as a warrant for this practice.
POST VATICAN II
In the New Mass, this is called the Rite of Peace. Besides greetings among
the clergy, members of the congregation exchange wishes of peace and love
in words an gestures of their own choosing. This indiscriminate greeting is
claimed by Traditionalists as proof of the invalidity of the New Mass.
Kissing the Pope's foot has been discontinued.
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