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Pope Francis Apologizes After Video of Him Hand-Slapping Woman Goes Viral

Pope Francis Apologizes After Video of Him Hand-Slapping Woman Goes Viral

During his New Year’s Day address, the Pope asserted women should be treated with dignity.

If this incident is an omen for 2020, then this year is going to be another challenging one for the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis has apologized after he hand-slapped a woman who had aggressively grabbed his hand while he greeted pilgrims at the Vatican during a New Year’s Eve event.

A visibly testy Pope Francis had to yank his arm away from the clutches of an over-zealous woman in St. Peter’s Square on Tuesday, slapping at the woman’s hand twice to break free.

A video of the encounter, posted on Twitter, shows the unidentified woman making the sign of the cross as the pontiff works his way down a receiving line of pilgrims in Vatican City.

But as the pope began to walk away from the crowd, the woman grabbed his right arm and pulled him back violently.

The pope appears to grimace in pain and, in uncustomary fashion, berates the woman and twice slaps her hand to free himself.

Pope Francis apologized for his reaction during an address on New Year’s Day.

Pope Francis apologized Wednesday for his widely-viewed slap of a woman who had grabbed his hand as he greeted Catholic faithful on New Year’s Eve. The image of Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of the admirer was an instant hit on social media.

A personal apology followed. “We lose patience many times,” Francis confessed.

“It happens to me too. I apologise for the bad example given yesterday,” the head of the Catholic church said before celebrating Mass at the Vatican.

And while I am no fan of this Pope, I think his response was understandable.

However, it pairs poorly with this homily for the day.

Pope Francis is pinning much of his hopes for a more peaceful world in the new year on women, saying violence against them is akin to profaning God and calling for them to be increasingly involved in making major decisions.

In his homily Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis decried the “many times women’s bodies are sacrificed on the profane altar of advertisements, of profit, of pornography.” He also lamented that women are ”continually offended, beaten, raped, forced into prostitution” or forced to have abortions. The Catholic Church forbids abortion.

…He contended that if we want a better world in the new year, we should treat women with dignity.

Here’s to hoping Pope Francis spends more time on self-reflection and preventing sexual abuse by the clergy this year, rather than deriding President Trump and promoting green justice policies.

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OleDirtyBarrister | January 2, 2020 at 6:10 pm

So El Popo does not like it when other people build walls but he is fine with retains his; when other people make money but the church and he retain billions rather than giving it to the poor that need it more (like the starving Venezuelans and migrants from there); when other people offend or disrepect women but he is fine disrespecting them and administering corporal punishment.

Finally, this Leftist political Pope has shown us all by example an important life lesson that applies to all mankind:

At times, the use of force is necessary.

Slap. Smap. Once upon a time, “Does a bear crap in the woods” and “Is the Pope Catholic” had the same affirmative answer.

I’m more disturbed by this guy’s embrace of marxist liberation theology and derision of the Great Commission than any faux pas with an over-zealous fan.

Pope should know his Alinski better than anyone- live up to your own blather. If

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to bobinreverse. | January 2, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    I’m having a vision……

    The Pope Marries Greta of Sweden this year….

    Ok, that’s more a nightmare, but……

Thank you for using the modifier ‘hand’ on the slap. From the internet outrage, you would have thought His Holiness had wound up and decked the poor gal. Honestly, he’s not the youngest spring chicken, and that woman almost pulled his arm off.

Verdict: Justified Handslapicide.

Meh. Time for him to retire. After anger management classes.

His Holiness Pope Che loves all humanity. It’s just that he hates actually having to deal with people.

I would have done the same thing. Treating women with dignity includes giving them moral agency, and defending oneself when they attack one just as one would if attacked by a man.

Okay folks, what do you suppose the over/under is on Francis getting deposed in a Vatican palace coup this year? I’d say the odds are 50-50.

    Milhouse in reply to MarkJ. | January 3, 2020 at 1:05 am

    There isn’t any such thing. Popes can’t be deposed. They can die, or they can resign of their full and free will. Any pressure to resign would render it invalid.

      UnCivilServant in reply to Milhouse. | January 3, 2020 at 7:14 am

      I’m sure if the Cardinals bundled up Francis with a couple of heavy stones and threw him into the Tiber, that would count as being deposed.

        They could also burn him as a heretic? Except that the church has no authority to execute people; it turns people over to the civil authorities to do that, and heresy is no longer a crime in Italy (or anywhere else) thank goodness.

          JBIsmay in reply to Milhouse. | January 4, 2020 at 7:42 pm

          Sadly, many moslem majority countries still execute heretics, homosexuals, adulterers and others.
          Apostasy is a capital offense in some of those nations, and President Obama could be executed for that particular crime; Rev. Wright claimed to convert BHO II to Christianity in Chicago.

This Pope is a Marxist.. no servant of Jesus .

Pope Marxist Thug.

What a nightmare.

I was annoyed by the hand slap when I first saw it, but as much as I despise this leftist POS, it is not a big deal. Just a human reaction to being manhandled.

ScottTheEngineer | January 3, 2020 at 11:33 am

If you look real closely at the video he mouths “KEYAHH BITCH!!” just before beating her.

Does anyone know what she was saying?