Last year the Holy See made plain that the ritual of the washing of feet during the Holy Thursday Mass was restricted to men. That is, the one washing the feet has to be a priest and those getting their feet washed have to be men. The reason is that the washing of feet originally done by Our Lord to His disciples is seen as part and parcel of the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. A good write-up is found here. Here's another.
Michael Voris of the Vortex predicted that this would provoke some, uh, "liturgical creativity", shall we say? Click here if you cannot see embedded video.
Here's the link to the book on the Mandatum.
This past Holy Thursday, this abuse happened at the Cathedral of St Matthew. I'm sure it happened elsewhere in the Archdiocese of Washington. So what makes this one so noteworthy? Well, see for yourselves (from the Washington Times). That's right! Cardinal Wuerl himself is washing the feet of women. More "pastoral style", I suppose?
In my last post, I mentioned three priests unjustly treated for their fidelity to the Magisterium - one of them by the Archdiocese of Washington. I cannot imagine any one of these priests disobeying the Vatican on this manner. Perhaps that is why they (at least Fr Guarnizo) are being thrown under the bus.
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