Tuesday, April 1, 2014
POPE FRANCIS ORDERS THAT EVERYONE WASH EVERYONE ELSES FEET AT THE EVENING MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER, HENcEFORTH CALLED MAUNDY THURSDAY INSTEAD OF HOLY THURSDAY AS AN ECUMENICAL GESTURE TO THE PROTESTANTS
(Vatican Radio, April 1st, 2014) The Holy Father also said that he is ordering his gang of eight cardinals to study the issue of ordination of women as deacons, priests and bishops in light of his new rubric for Maundy Thursday and in light of religious and secular trends concerning the gender neutrality of Holy Orders and that brides and grooms can be of any sex or gender or none at all. He is especially interested in the transgendered priesthood.
Asked about how sanitary it would be to wash the feet of everyone at the Maundy Thursday Mass, the Holy Father said that the smell of feet is like the smell of sheep and if everyone smelled like feet what a better Church we would be.
The Holy Father also recommended that everyone walk to the Maundy Thursday Mass in flip flops or wide open sandals trying explicitly to get their feet as dirty as possible on the way so that an actual washing takes place.