Thursday, April 13, 2006

Annual Footwashing Controversies

First a note from the Vatican, via Zenit:

No. 51 of the circular letter states: "The washing of the feet of chosen men which, according to tradition, is performed on this day, represents the service and charity of Christ, who came 'not to be served, but to serve.' This tradition should be maintained, and its proper significance explained."

About a year ago, however, the Holy See, while affirming that the men-only rule remains the norm, did permit a U.S. bishop to also wash women's feet if he considered it pastorally necessary in specific cases. This permission was for a particular case and from a strictly legal point of view has no value outside the diocese in question.


The Pope will wash the feet of 12 laymen (not priests)

Oratory Priest won't wash anyone's feet

Catholic's United for the Faith give their view

Charlotte priest apologizes to women for not washing their feet

While I'm like Peter, I don't want my feet washed and can't imagine who would--including most of the women I know who have very clean feet.

Talk about distractions in the liturgy, why does everything have to take the focus off of Christ? He's about to be crucified and the modern disciples (unlike the original ones) are all worried about who is going to be allowed to have their feet washed!

2 comments:

  1. Our parish, again, made the general plea for "anyone" to volunteer. But this year I noticed they asked any women to please wear slacks! A couple of the older women of last year made for some awkward positioning.

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  2. This year in our parish the people getting their feet washed were mostly members of the pre-confirmation class (i.e., pre-teens). At the beginning of the rite, our parish priest pleaded from the altar for 3 adult men (the fathers of some of the confirmands) to come forward and join the group. I know this is just not right -- it's just another example of DIY Liturgy, which is a constant in our parish. I just try to keep focused on Jesus, though sometimes it can be pretty tough with stuff like this going on all the time.

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