i am so so so confused now. there is different information everywhere on the subject.
does the foot washing ritual (which i understnad is optional) have to be men only? and if so, why?
i’ve heard that both are ok, i’ve heard they aren’t according to the rubric but the USA has permission, i’ve heard that permission was only given in a specific circumstance, i’ve heard that it’s supposed to be a symbol of service, i’ve heard that it’s linked to the priesthood (hwich is why it’s only men, though this doesn’t relaly make sense to me)
can anyone help clearit up please? what is the official position on the matter
also, using the logic that Jesus only washed men’s feet because the apostles were male, it can also be said that only males could partake of the eucharist. what would the difference be? and woulnd’t it be better to just wash the feet of cardinals or other clerics then? or seminarians? instead of just lay men? if it is a symbol of change in status to priesthood.
also, if the tradition were changed to include women, excuding pope francis’ one time thing last year, would it be wrong to do so? is it a tradition that can be changed? thanks