[quote=HagiaSophia]Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley has decided to wash the feet of both women and men during this year’s Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual, a year after angering Catholic women by washing only men’s feet.
O’Malley’s decision, on which he consulted the Vatican, drew praise from advocates for a greater role for women in the Roman Catholic Church.
The ritual imitates Jesus’ washing of the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper and has been part of Holy Thursday liturgies since the 13th century.
I got a kick out of reading “drew praise from advocates for a greater role for women” in the Roman Catholic Church. I just saw not to long ago something in our paper about how women have more paying positions in the church than men and how it is women who are running most of the ministries and religious education in the church. A few weeks ago, the priest giving his homily on EWTN’s daily mass was just about begging for more men to show up at mass and take more active roles in the church. I wonder how much more greater the women’s role in church will be? I shudder at the thought.