Holy Thursday is coming up very soon. The Neocatechumenal Way celebrates Holy Thursday and Good Friday in a home. If the community have no priest, the Responsible is the one who washes the feet of the brothers and sisters of the community. If a priest is present, the priest washes the feet of the brothers and sisters. Yes, the priest in the Way also washes the feet of the women in the community. Since I have started walking in the Way, this was the practice.
And today we have a Pope who for the first time has washed the feet of two young girls. One of the girls was not even Catholic. She was a Muslim. The Pope not only broke tradition, but the law of the Church. Last year, many Traditional Catholics oppose his action and are baffled by it. The Church's liturgical law holds that only men can participate in this rite, given that Jesus' Apostles were all male. And here we were in the Neocatechumenal Way washing the feet of women long before Pope Francis was elected Pope.....the Providence of God.
Many Traditional Catholics point to the Letter of the law. They fail to see the Pope following the Spirit of the Law.