The annual foot-washing debate
Atlanta bishop insists that the rubrics be followed, despite protests of 'exclusion.'
The cited article states, "The overwhelming majority of American bishops allow women's feet to be washed in the ceremony, although the decision is left to individual bishops." The liturgy consultant at ZENIT, however, claims, "The rubrics for Holy Thursday clearly state that the priest washes the feet of men ("viri") in order to recall Christ's action toward his apostles. Any modification of this rite would require permission from the Holy See." Which makes me wonder if such permission has been routinely granted to the 'overwhelming majority' of US bishops, or if such rubrics are simply ignored.
# posted by Jamie : 7:21 AM