Why Doesn’t Pope Francis Kneel In Front of the Blessed Sacrament?

Once again Francis refuses to kneel before God

After all, it is not as if he is incapable of kneeling: every year he kneels to wash the feet of men and women on Holy Thursday, even those of other non-Christian religions!

Pope Francis washes the foot of an inmate during the Maundy Thursday Mass at Casal del Marmo prison for minors in Rome

Could he not make the same humble and symbolic gesture of bending his knees before his Eucharistic Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament on the altar?

For Holy Scripture tells us very clearly:

“That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: and that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2: 10-11)



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9 Responses to Why Doesn’t Pope Francis Kneel In Front of the Blessed Sacrament?

  1. “Why doesn’t this pope kneel in front of the Blessed Sacrament?”

    C’mon, gimme a break.

    The answer’s easy:

    For him, it’s just too much trouble, and it might indicate he actually believes in the Real Presence.

    Besides, he’d get no “humility credit” for it, not like the “humility credit” he gets when, for example, he washes the feet of inmates or migrants.

    For this pope (“and now a major motion picture”), image is everything.


  2. mikatsa6 says:

    For the Faithful Catholic…this is all the more reason that we should be on our knees…in front of the Blessed Sacrament…praying and pleading with God for His mercy…not just for ourselves…but for the whole world, in particular those who have lost their way. God Bless.


  3. JabbaPapa says:

    There’s something more obscure than it should be, but in the Roman Rite, to stands is mandatory to those who can (I am personally just about capable of such during the entirety of the Eucharistic Communion, albeit with the assistance of nearby stone pillars — and kneeling is defined technically as a devotion that one can perform if capable.

    Only in the passages of the Roman Rite where kneeling is required (in the reception of the Holy Eucharist within a TLM for example) must it be demanded versus standing.


  4. Brother Burrito says:

    People in wheelchairs are not required to kneel, are they not?
    Many other people are unable to kneel, without great difficulty, for various orthopaedic reasons. In such circumstances, a submissive bow is surely acceptable to Our Lord?

    Jesus, as I understand Him is no fan of cruel rules and therefore neither should we be.


  5. kathleen says:

    BB, I think it is obvious that those who are impeded from kneeling for whatever reason are certainly not expected to do so. Unfortunately that is not the case with Pope Francis.

    Kneeling (or genuflecting) before the tabernacle or the Blessed Sacrament, symbolises adoration, reverence and respect for Our Blessed Lord – it’s that simple! (Our Eastern Catholic brethren or Orthodox Christians may see things differently, but we are Latin rite Catholics here.)

    One of the most tender and moving moments for Catholics during the final years of the Pontificate of Pope St John Paul II, was witnessing this sick and suffering old man in deep prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, whilst bent over almost double on his arthritic knees. Truly, this sight was worth more than a thousand words!

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  6. Adam says:

    Once a person loses belief in the REAL PRESENCE this is the natural result.
    Why is it so hard to maintain belief in God’s REAL PRESENCE in the Blessed Sacrament?
    When a person lacks humility and the sense of God’s infinite love to condescend to this level to be with us.
    The Angel of Portugal prostrated before the Most Blessed Body and Blood of Our Lord at Fatima.
    Are we better than the Angel?
    Let us brave few continue to kneel with the deepest reverence before Our Lord’s most loving holy presence!


  7. geoffkiernan says:

    A common cry from the ‘non genuflectors’ among us…”but a lot of people cannot physically genuflect” That’s OK we are not talking about those that cannot, only those that can and will not. I cannot and do not genuflect ( old football injuries) but in deference to the real and corporeal presence of of the creator of the universe I bow low and a little longer lest I set a bad example for others especially my grandchildren.
    I dont know about your part of the world but here there is a huge epidemic of bad backs and sore knees afflicting 99% of the Catholic Faithful, sadly of all ages. I recently attended a NO Parish for a special event Mass. About 200-250 present. I Counted 6-7 that genuflected before the Tabernacle. Of the 6-7 priests/deacons and an emeritus Archbishop NOT ONE genuflected at any time before, during or after the Mass.
    Reverence must not only be given it must be seen to be given and God help those who are a source of scandal to others especially our Children.


  8. Adam says:

    BB many healthy people refuse to kneel and take the slight bowing option which has become reduced to an almost invisible nod. Of course those who can’t physically kneel are an exception…God sees the heart. And many hearts are too proud to kneel these days.


  9. Adam says:

    Wow, thank you for your comments…the sore back epidemic is truly widespread..the same where I am. The fact that the clergy dont genuflect shows the depths of this evil that threatens the core of our faith.


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