Pope Broke Rules, Washed Women's Feet
Francis first pope ever to do so
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 29, 2013 2:34 AM CDT
Updated Mar 29, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
Pope Francis washes the foot of an inmate at the juvenile detention center of Casal del Marmo, Rome, Thursday, March 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

(Newser) – The new pope has already done something none of his predecessors ever did: Yesterday, as he washed the feet of youths in a detention center, he included two young women—thereby violating liturgical rules, the AP reports. One of the women, the Telegraph notes, was a Muslim. "The pope's washing the feet of women is hugely significant because including women in this part of the Holy Thursday Mass has been frowned on—and even banned—in some dioceses," says a Jesuit priest.

"It shows the all-embracing love of Christ, who ministered to all he met: man or woman, slave or free, Jew or Gentile." A lawyer who advises the Vatican, however, was less impressed, saying the move "set a questionable example." Though the Vatican's spokesman acknowledged that in a "grand solemn celebration" of the rite, only men are included because Christ washed the feet of his 12 apostles, all of whom were male, he offered a practical point of view: "Excluding the girls would have been inopportune in light of the simple aim of communicating a message of love to all, in a group that certainly didn't include experts on liturgical rules."

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Mar 30, 2013 2:41 AM CDT
The pope creates the rules he doesn't break em. If he did then God told him it was time for new rules.
Mar 29, 2013 10:44 PM CDT
The Pope has a foot fedish for little boys and girls. excuse me , I have to vomit at the thought of it. Who will kiss him now,? ..He might have caught foot and mouth disease!
Mar 29, 2013 10:04 PM CDT
I felt relief at the news of including female feet, I hope the Pope felt that there is no difference, and women feet are not the devil feet that the church once considered...free your souls all you priests and consider women as an equal human beings worthy of priesthood too.. However , I am still skeptical and will not believe it till a woman becomes the Pope one day..