18 April 2014
Washing Women's Feet
One alternative to editing the present law to replace the word viri is to move the Mandatum from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper to the Chrism Mass and only have the Bishop wash the feet of 12 priests. This would give validity to the possibly intended symbolism of representing the 12 Apostles. The symbolism would be even stronger if 12 deacons that would soon be ordained to the priesthood were chosen. This would leave no question open concerning the possibility of women having their feet washed since the rioting in the streets over the question of ordaining women was definitively answered by (very soon to be) St. John Paul II in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. It must be remembered that Ordinatio Sacerdotalis dealt with a question of doctrine, whereas the question concerning whose feet should be washed during the Mandatum does not.
You may have noticed that I haven't really taken a side on this controversy. I'd rather watch the rioting in the streets from a distance, and when the dust settles and the Magisterium gives an answer, I will not have been on the wrong side. Of course, at the speed the Magisterium usually moves on things like this, we'll all be dead. Now if you want to talk about the controversy concerning the predestination of the incarnation...
(It's great having a Franciscan pope who’s a Jesuit. Not even a Dominican can argue with a Jesuit.)