Vatican official traces foot-washing rite's history, says it should not be given undue importance [CWN]

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments commented on the Congregation’s new decree concerning …

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I stopped attending Holy Thursday because of all the giggling/drama from the women selected to be included in the ritual foot washing. How the selection process works is some parishes is a mystery as the same people seemed to be selected. At one time women “pastoral administrators” also washed parishoners’ feet. This may not be the current practice however.

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