What do you think of when you think of the Pope of the Roman Catholic church? To some, they think about peace, piety, and holiness. To other, some think about the Antichrist.
The stress and pressure of being the Pontiff looks like it may be getting to be too much for Pope Francis.
Following an event back in December when he was seen smacking a woman’s hand after she grabbed him, many started questioning whether he should remain as pope.
Take a look below:
NOPE FROM THE POPE: While greeting people in St. Peter's Square on New Year's Eve, Pope Francis had to pull himself away from a woman who grabbed his hand and yanked him toward her. https://t.co/umkpOnbbX6 pic.twitter.com/0XzxtWTMUd
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 31, 2019
According to The Guardian,
Francis lost his cool when the woman abruptly grabbed his hand and yanked him towards her just after he reached out to greet a child during a visit to the Vatican’s nativity scene on Tuesday night.
The woman would not let go and in a gesture that appeared to cause him pain, he slapped at her hand before pulling his hand free.
During his Angelus address to a packed St Peter’s Square on New Year’s Day, the pontiff referred to his actions. “I apologise for the bad example yesterday … sometimes even I lose patience,” he said.
But then it happened again when a woman reached out to him as he was passing by. I don’t know if he felt like his personal space was being invaded or what, but he slapped to woman’s hand to get her to pull it back.
Is this pattern of easy accessibility causing Pope Francis discomfort and frustration?
— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) January 3, 2020
Remember the saying, “What would Jesus do?” Well, I don’t think he would have done what the pope did.
In fact, there is a passage in the Bible that tells of a woman who made her way through the crowd to touch the fringe of Jesus’ garments. Here’s what Jesus would do, and did:
She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” Luke 8:43-48