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Cardinal Sarah advice that Priests must not wash a woman's feet on Holy Thursday

By March 18, 2016 6 Comments

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (The Vatican liturgy chief) has aired to Reporters in Rome that Priest are not obliged to wash the feet of women during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.
He made his point further clear by saying that a priest “has to decide in accord with his own conscience, and according to the purpose for which the Lord instituted this feast”. The Vatican Liturgy Chief emphasized on this issue given that some Priests and the faithful are beginning to think that a priest must wash a woman’s feet on the Holy Thursday whether  he likes it or not; given that the Holy Father Pope Francis has changed the rule of the Holy Thursday feet washing by approving women and and young girls alike to part-take in the wash.
The rite was celebrated separately to the Holy Thursday Mass before Pope Pius XII restored it in 1955.
Before this point, women’s feet could be washed, but only by other women.


  • Steve Hoang says:

    There’s no need to put our priests to the test. I agree with Cardinal Sarah.

  • George Bell says:

    This article twists what Cardinal Sarah actually said. He did not say that priests should not to wash women’s feet, but that priests don’t have to wash women’s feet.

  • Kal says:

    Our Lord Jesus says all are his children.Be it men or women And our priest represent Our Lord Jesus.

  • I would not say that priests are obliged to was women’s feet. The washing of feet is for men, as they represent the Apostles.

  • Evelyne-Mathilde Mballa says:

    If the washing of the feet should be for men only, then the proclamation of Jesus’ Resurrection should be done by women only because the good new of the Resurrection was entrusted to a woman: Mary Magdalene.

  • What nonsense. First of all, who do you follow? This guy who I’ve never heard of or the Pope or cannon law that ok’d it? Secondly, in the Gospel of John, which has the foot washing, notice Jesus washed the feet of the DISCIPLES, not the apostles. Look it up. Men and women, you and me are disciples.

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