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from an older Adoremus Bulletin (circa 1997).
Food for thought.
Was this not part of the institution of the priesthood? Do you agree or disagree with my thought, that washing the feet of women AT THIS PARTICULAR RITE somehow flies in the face of the concept of a male priesthood? I mean, we choose 12 specifically to represent the 12 apostles, who did include even Judas who betrayed Him, and Peter who denied Him. He did not wash the feet of Magdalen (who had washed His feet with her tears and dried them with her hair), nor His mother who had washed His feet hundreds if not thousands of times. He washed those whom He had chosen as his bishops, and none others.


I think, that at our Maudy Thursday service, we had more women getting their feet washed than men, probably 3 or 4 to 1. If they are trying to inspire vocations, that ain't the way to do it. My boys think it's a girlie thing now and aren't interested.

I don't think everything needs to be about inspiring vocations. To me, the washing of the feet is symbolic of Christ's service to humanity, and in turn our service to one another, which extends to people of all genders. I'm not one of those people who are all inclusive and want female priests and such, but I don't see anything wrong with washing women's feet on Holy Thursday. I don't think it's about the gender of the priesthood, I think it's about the service that comes with priesthood, which is something that boys need to see.

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