EWTN Catholic Q&A
washing feet of women
Question from Danny House on 04-21-2013:

Judie Brown, It is agreed that the rubrics cited in a recent post, deny that women's feet should/can be washed on Holy Thursday. It seems the Holy Father made a simple mistake. This error is neither indicating any new doctrine (but at most a disciplinary option), nor casting doubt on infallibility.

Danny House

Answer by Judie Brown on 04-23-2013:


The Holy Father did not make a simple mistake. In fact, if you read the documents on this topic currently available, he acted in accord with current practices. Here are two links that will be of help in sorting this out:

http://www.thebostonpilot.com/article2.asp?ID=1643 and Monsignor Charles Pope's explanation dated 9/2/2012: http://www.osv.com/tabid/7621/itemid/9811/Foot-washing.aspx

Judie Brown