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Tag Archives: foot washing
A couple years ago what was clearly a severe abuse was given official recognition so that women’s feet could be washed during the entirely optional “Mandatum” in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday. NB: Before 2016, those who did … Read More
From a priest… QUAERITUR (edited): Emboldened by the Pope’s new legislation last year, my pastor is determined to force the small parish which I primarily serve in the cluster to introduce women into the Holy Thursday footwashing rite. [This old thing again… sigh.] … Read More
Via the often amusing ignatius his conclave: Pedicure The following announcement recently appeared in L’Osservatore Romano: Radical changes are being made to the Rite of Pedilavium (Foot Washing). Previously the rite was celebrated with twelve men on Holy Thursday. The … Read More
Today I muse about why catholic feminists (an oxymoron – emphasis on moron – I know, but bear with me) are not vexed by Pope Francis and his dramatically public choice to wash the feet of non-Christians. Think this through for … Read More
I refer the readership to some lucid and sober comments about the pedilavium, the foot washing, that can occur as an option in both uses of the Roman Rite. Fr John Hunwicke makes some keen and, for liberals sobering, observations. I expunged … Read More
This year for the first time it is licit that women’s feet be washing during the entirely optional “Mandatum” in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday. NB: Before this year, those who were doing so, did so in violation … Read More
Now that whole sad issue of the washing of the feet of women has been settled by the powers-that-be, I’m hearing from people all over the place that their “Mandatum” is being dropped from their Holy Thursday Masses. In any event, … Read More
From the often amusing Eye of the Tiber (my emphases): Women May Now Have Their Feet Washed And Pedicured At Holy Thursday Mass, Pope Says Pope Francis has changed the rules for the Church’s Holy Thursday foot-washing ceremony, issuing a decree allowing women … Read More
UPDATE 22 Jan: See the updates at the bottom. ___ ORIGINAL Published on: Jan 21, 2016 @ 10:42 ___ Today brought the news that the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW) was ordered by Pope Francis to … Read More
UPDATE 10 April Alas, I ran into a problem. I found that once I “stickyed” this post to the top of the blog page, I couldn’t un-sticky it after that. Thus, I had to transfer the content to a new … Read More
In the Roman Rite, the washing of feet on Holy Thursday is an option. It may be left out without disturbing the integrity of the Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper (otherwise, it wouldn’t be a legitimate option). Watch now … Read More
In the Left-leaning Wisconsin State Journal columnist Doug Erikson offered a piece on 16 April called “In the Spirit: Bishop Robert Morlino’s foot-washing policy draws national press, petition effort”. Erickson’s bias against Bp. Morlino in favor of a liberal activist group … Read More
Just think! Over with the Episcopalians, Nancy Pelosi could both vote for public funding of abortion and also be a bishop at the same time! She could even the “Presiding Bishop”! From The Washington Times with my emphases and comments: Nancy … Read More
The rite of washing of feet, or Mandatum, is an option in the Roman Rite. Let’s have a poll. But first, the Church’s liturgical law is not ambiguous: only males can be chosen for this, and they should be men: viri selecti. Virmeans “man” and … Read More
Last year Pope Francis went to a jail on the edge of Rome and washed the feet of a couple of females Today in the WSJ (Wisconsin State Journal) there is a rather feeble attempt to stir a little more … Read More
Seen at the site of Commonweal. This is great! You watch… now that a liberal publication has put out something like this, pretty soon other liberals will be okay with talking about exactly what we have been discussing. The difference … Read More
Spotted on the Facebook page of Ed Peters, canonist. Every time I turn around, someone is citing Fr. Lombardi’s comment that the pope’s washing of women’s feet on Holy Thursday is “absolutely licit” because it’s not a sacrament. Now, whatever … Read More