Francis: The pope who refuses to genuflect at the consecration

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal is the Catholic Church’s instructions governing the celebration of Mass.

N. 274 of the Roman Missal specifies that:

“During Mass three genuflections are made by the priest celebrant: namely, after the showing of host, after the showing of the chalice and before Communion.”

Ann Barnhardt was the first to notice this — that on March 14, 2013, when Jorge Bergoglio said his first Mass as Pope Francis, he did not genuflect in accordance with the Roman Missal‘s instructions.

In the video of that Mass below, the consecration of the host into the Body of Christ happens at the 51:47 mark, and the consecration of the chalice or wine into the Blood of Christ at the 52:32 mark — but Pope Francis did not genuflect.

While the Church makes exemptions for priests whose health makes genuflecting or kneeling difficult or impossible, that is not the case with Pope Francis who often has been seen kneeling.

Indeed, if you do a “google” search for images of Pope Francis kneeling, you’ll find plenty. Here are two:

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Here’s Pope Francis not genuflecting in another Mass — the Christmas Midnight Mass, December 24, 2016.

The consecration of the host into the Body of Christ begins at the 1:18:57 mark. Note how the Vatican’s camera cuts to a nun dressed in blue in the congregation (11:19:25), to avoid capturing the Pope’s refusal to genuflect.

Then comes the consecration of the wine into the Blood of Christ (1:20:20). Once again, the camera cuts to and lingers on another blue-garbed nun in the congregation (1:20:36 to 1:20:42), instead of showing the Pope not genuflecting.

To this day, an official explanation as to why Pope Francis does not genuflect at the consecration of host and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ has not been offered.

From the Italian-language GloriaTV, February 21, 2018 (Google Translation):

Francis still refuses to kneel before the Eucharistic adoration.

Vatican News (21 February) published photographs of a Eucharistic adoration that took place during the retreat of the Roman Curia in progress in Ariccia, near Rome.

The participants in the retreat knelt before the monstrance, except Francesco.

The rumors that Francis had problems with his knees proved to be false as he knelt on several occasions before the refugees on Holy Thursday or while visiting an Anglican shrine in Uganda in November 2015.

H/t John Namnik

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39 responses to “Francis: The pope who refuses to genuflect at the consecration

  1. Hadenoughalready

    I KNOW I’m going to catch all kinds of hell for this but where did Christ instruct this practice???
    I only recall the “Lord’s Prayer”…a suggestion. And to “Follow the Commandments” and to “Hold His Holy Days sacred”.
    Where did the rest of “this” come from?


    • “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” ~Luke 22:19

      Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” -John 6:53-58

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      • Hadenoughalready

        Yes, I understand that…”Communion”…at the “Last Supper”. But I’m looking at the rest.
        I’m not trying to be sacrilegious or argumentative; don’t get me wrong. I just question the pope and his actions, motives, and dictates.
        Christ DID say to “question everything”, didn’t He?

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    • Google Translation

      Francis still refuses to kneel before the Eucharistic adoration.

      Vatican News (21 February) published photographs of a Eucharistic adoration that took place during the retreat of the Roman Curia in progress in Ariccia, near Rome.

      The participants in the retreat knelt before the monstrance, except Francesco.

      The rumors that Francis had problems with his knees proved to be false as he knelt on several occasions before the refugees on Holy Thursday or while visiting an Anglican shrine in Uganda in November 2015.

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    • I just added this to my post. Thank you, John, for this find.

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  2. Couldn’t care less about the “papa” and his kneeling and genuflecting. Couldn’t care less about the Catholic church, ever since I was a kid and learned about the cr@p going on with pedophile priests and what not, ever since at a young age I learned that the Vatican is just another corrupt political power, masquerading as spiritual leader of so many. The “papa” will have to answer for who he is or is not before God, daily, and when his hour comes. If he is honest, or dishonest, that is what he will answer for. Garb, ceremonials, rituals, will not make him more or less of this or that. All pretense comes down. Maybe this day he suffered a bout of rheumatism. Maybe not. He only knows. I pass no judgment on the man. Judge not that ye be not judged rings a bell. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” does too.


    • “The rumors that Francis had problems with his knees proved to be false as he knelt on several occasions before the refugees on Holy Thursday or while visiting an Anglican shrine in Uganda in November 2015.”

      GloriaTV, February 21, 2018


    • Pat, if we cannot judge, then we shall have to do away with all courts and jails, and we shall have to have implicit trust in all others and in governments.

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      • Some of us made the choice that we should be ruled by other humans. And we all pay the price for that choice, even those who did not make it and do not agree with it. In this world, we are born free, but into slavery. Doing away with courts and judges and such would be nice, but we aren’t anywhere close to it. It is a fact however that the laws and judgements of men are far from perfect. Bad judgement, corrupt judges, etc., have brought much pain and suffering into the lives of innocent people. But it’s a fact of life we live with, pretty much like taxes. Christ was judged and condemned and crucified. Best example I can think of, of how well we fallen humans handle “judgement.”
        As for the kneeling or not kneeling, that may be the question for some, not for me. I know from experience that keeling is easy some days, others, not possible at all. Not saying that is the case here, and as stated on my first post, I really do not care – not a Catholic and don’t trust most of what the pope and Vatican, and far too many men of the cloth do, as said. To each its own. If you can pass judgement, a and feel justified, by all means. But Christ’s words always come to mind, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”


        • @Pat Riot:

          To begin, the logical contradiction of your stance seems to escape you:

          By scolding others for “judging,” you are engaged in precisely what you condemned — judging.

          A more serious problem is the implication of your demonization of “judging” and your refusal to “judge”. Moral action is rooted in, and requires a preceding moral sentiment — what you call “judging”. If one doesn’t judge right from wrong, then one also doesn’t act to do something about the wrongs, for “who am I to judge”? (Not coincidentally, “Who am I to judge” is exactly what Pope Francis said about homosexuals.)

          If everyone is like you, then our world would be even more of a moral-relativism cesspool than it already is.

          “Relativism poses as humble by saying: ‘We are not smart enough to know what the truth is—or if there is any universal truth.’ It sounds humble. But look carefully at what is happening. It’s like a servant saying: I am not smart enough to know which person here is my master—or if I even have a master. The result is that I don’t have a master and I can be my own master. That is in reality what happens to relativists: In claiming to be too lowly to know the truth, they exalt themselves as supreme arbiter of what they can think and do. This is not humility. This is the essence of pride.” ― John Piper, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God

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  3. Note the bracelet. It ain’t a copper rheumatic relief bracelet. ……??

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  4. Bad knee.
    He hurt his knee falling his donkey while riding home from many nights tending bar.


  5. Well he can do it now or later “Every Knee Shall Bow” this pope is not a man of God so to that end it doesn’t matter he has his own agenda.

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  6. Pat Riot, sorry but you don’t know your bible and the context of judge not. Everything Paul did in the New Testament was judging…he went from church to church exposing what they were doing wrong, and correcting them.
    I’d suggest you read this article, EVIL IS RAMPANT DUE TO FAILURE OF OUR PULPITS
    As for the Catholic church it appears that Francis is doing everything he can to completely destroy the mass. I don’t know when they changed it that the priest faces the congregation rather than the cross, but I don’t like it.

    No one likes change, but the changes being made in the Catholic Church are not for the better. Holiness is what is expected from all servants of God, but especially from the pope, and this pose is a socialist who is failing miserably to properly lead the church.

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  7. How is it that so many people that rise to the top don’t belong there. Most are poor leaders, crooks, deviants, etc? I’ve had more crappy supervisors than good ones. As a matter of fact most of my career I was subjected to these morons every day, and instead of getting canned, they got promoted. I always thought it was me that was the problem until somehow they hired two excellent supervisors in a row. They were kind, empathetic, driven, dynamic, and they showed appreciation to their employees. And instead of involving us in office politics they kept the politicians at bay so that we could accomplish our work. Sorry I had to wait 30 years to see that happen.

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    • Hadenoughalready

      “How is it that so many people that rise to the top don’t belong there.”
      Money and prestige buy ladders. Let’s not forget who rules THIS world – Satan.
      God owns it, Satan runs it. Recall Scriptural history and it’ll all make sense.


  8. I know. I’m not fond of the pope’s liturgy at all. But one can be a good Catholic without watching the pope all the time.

    St. Junipero Serra had been building up his California missions for a couple of years, and although he knew there had been a conclave, didn’t know the name of the new pope at that time. He had to write a letter to the Franciscan Order in Spain that he might put in the name of the new pope at his Mass. Took another two years for him to get the answer. Meanwhile, he continued celebrating the Mass and trusted that the Lord knew who the new pope was, and that was that.

    I used to be really disturbed at the things Pope Francis says and does. But I’ve learned to trust the Lord. I respect and love the papal office as all Catholics are exhorted to do. But I also learned how to discern the good from the bad that an individual pope does. A pope may not make new rules. If Pope Francis does something in accordance with the teachings of Our Lord and the Church, I listen to him. If it’s just politics, I turn him off.

    If it’s against the rubric of the Mass, i.e., genuflecting at the consecration, I choose not to be scandalized anymore. It just means I have to do reparation for him in the holy hour of Eucharistic adoration, and the Lord can take it from there.

    It will all come out in the wash in the end. As Fr. Z says, perhaps the “biological solution” won’t be long in coming. Hope, after all, is a theological virtue.

    God bless all of us.

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  9. If you want to know why Pope Francis was put in place at this particular time, read Paul L. Williams’ “Operation Gladio.” The real Pope is still locked up.

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  10. Sadly, the church is getting more lax / liberal every year.

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  11. Looks like even the Vatican has a ‘deep state’. I suppose that is what happens when things become centralized. The government is faceless. And the bureaucrats aren’t responsible. ‘They’re just following the rules.
    How long before this festering pustule bursts and spews its vile contents.

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    • Well, they’re not “following the rules”. I think you’re right about the “Deep State” but they all have their origin in the same place, and it isn’t Rome.

      Watching him grovel and scurry to hide his crucifix from his bosses made me sick.

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  12. I am coming late to the discussion, but after reading this post and many others since the pope was elected, I sense that many of the church faithful are very concerned about the direction the pope is leading the church. I am a Christian (follower of Jesus Christ) but not a Catholic, so please forgive my ignorance. Because the pope is selected by men and men by nature can be deceived, is there no way to (unable to think of a better term) impeach the pope? Realizing that Satan is going to do all he can to destroy the church and God’s people, could he have used his vile influence to deceive those charged with the pope’s election/selection? If the spiritual leader of any religion has been shown to be unfaithful to the teachings of their faith and to be in conflict with the Word of God, shouldn’t there be a way to remove him before he leads those in his care that are not very discerning astray?
    God bless you for seeking the truth.

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    • There have been many Popes over two centuries. Some of them were pretty awful. One way that I know that the Church is truly Divine is that it survives. When the clergy fails, the laity fills the void.

      We will get through this. God won’t let His Church fail.

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    • Laura:

      Thank you for your gracious comment.

      The answer to your question “is there no way to (unable to think of a better term) impeach the pope?”, alas, is “No”.

      From the blog, Canon Law Made Easy:
      (the blog does not enable copying, so I took a screenshot of the relevant paragraphs):

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      • I really do appreciate you for taking the time to educate me, Dr. Eowyn.

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      • I happened to ask a friend for his thoughts on deposing of a pope. His reply adds nothing substantial, but thought they were interesting. He said:

        “This a curly one! The short answer is that there is no power on Earth that can “impeach”, depose or condemn a pope other than another pope.

        However, there are some precedents that might indicate some Divine intervention. The following are some instances “off the top of my head” from long ago that I don’t remember the details for.

        Back in the Arian crisis there was at least one instance where the faithful took up their cudgels and pitchforks and physically chased an Arian bishop out of the Diocese. Of course, that act alone did not depose the bishop but it put the frights on Rome to appoint another more orthodox bishop.

        At about the same time the Roman clergy (I presume, the Cardinals) were so dismayed at the activities of the pope (Liberius, perhaps?) that they elected another in his face who was technically an antipope until his predecessor died.

        There is a tradition that, on the election of a new pope, the faithful gathered should proclaim “habemus Papam” and it was a matter of contention amongst theologians that if the pope was not popularly acclaimed and accepted then the election was void. There is more to what constitutes a valid pope that need not concern us here… it’s a matter for the appropriate authorities and God to sort out in His own good time.

        Anyhow, as I see it, if there was a popular uprising (not necessarily with pitchforks and cudgels) against a decadent and traitorous episcopacy and papacy and its entourage it should surely put the frights on “the appropriate authorities”.

        As for me, I have the Code itself and may plough through the relevant section at some stage. But as Father Z. has said “We may have to wait for nature to take its course”.

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