I feel that priests, bishops, and pope should wash the feet of 12 men from the parish on Holy Thursday.
First, I think it’s a much greater act of humility to wash the feet of those you know than the feet of complete strangers. I personally would much rather wash the feet of strangers at a soup kitchen than the other attorneys in my office.
Second, I think it’s an act of obedience because the General Instructions to the Roman Liturgy direct the officiant to wash the feet of twelve “viri” (men) from the parish. Even if you disagree with the directive, I think it’s a better example of obedience and humility to follow the directive than to choose to do your own way.
And finally, there’s nothing remarkable about washing the feet of male parishioners so there’s less chance the act of humility will be seen by the media and praised. By washing the feet of prisoners or other “outcasts,” you increase the chances that your act of humility will be viewed asan attempt to gain the applause of men, not perform an act of charity.