‘Priests should not wash women’s feet’- He dares to differ



Parish priests in England and Wales should not follow the example of Pope Francis by washing women’s feet, according to the liturgy secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

During the first Holy Week of his papacy, Pope Francis washed the feet of two women on Maundy Thursday at the Casa del Marmo prison for young offenders in Rome.

Fr Paul Gunter, Secretary of the Department for Christian Life and Worship, told The Tablet that Pope Francis had legitimately dispensed himself from liturgical norms but that his was a unique pastoral context. 

In parish churches, Fr Paul said that the washing of the feet is meant to be an imitation of the Last Supper and “intrinsically attached” to the institution of the priesthood.


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2 Responses to ‘Priests should not wash women’s feet’- He dares to differ

  1. Washing the feet of another, be it man, woman or an animal is demonstrative of being humble; these pompous priests who on Maundy Thursday make a farce of washing the feet of the twelve chosen chamchas. Has anyone really looked closely— do they really kiss the foot they have washed ?? or only make a fake bowing gesture ?? These are not JESUS’ shepherds they are the wolves in sheeps’ clothing !!!! and eventually sheep are slaughtered and eaten and enjoyed

  2. Ralph Coelho Yahoo says:

    Every one interprets this act of washing the feet in his/her own way. I personally understand it symbolizes equality;, though they called him master they were his equals, not greater (or lesser) than he. sine there were m no others he wash no others feet. Does this exclude women and children? Does it make it include disadvantaged people.

    Varying from the example that Jesus set exposes us to the possibility of making our now personal interpretation that could be wrong. It is not wrong to wash the feet of only men. It could be wrong (symbolically) to wash any others feet. I choose to be not wrong! Even if he is the Pope!

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