Women May Now Have Their Feet Washed And Pedicured At Holy Thursday Mass, Pope Says

January 21, 2016 by  
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Pope Francis has changed the rules for the Church’s Holy Thursday foot-washing ceremony, issuing a decree allowing women to not only participate in the ceremony, but to have an optional pedicure for the low donation price of just $14.95. That’s right, just $14.95.

In a letter addressed to Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Pope said that 12 “lucky” people would be chosen to participate in the ritual of what is now being called the washing and pedicuring of the feet “from among all members of the People of God whose feet and toenails are in desperate need of superficial cosmetic treatment.”

“For some time I have been reflecting on the rite of the washing of the feet so that we fully express the meaning of the gesture made by Jesus in the Upper Room, his gift of self until the end for the salvation of the world, his boundless charity,” Francis said. “But also because I myself have had countless pedicures over the years and truly understand the importance of tootsie maintenance.”

Francis went on to say that “with the amount of walking the disciples did during their ministries, I am quite certain that they would not have said no to a soothing pedicure once in a while if it was ever offered them.”

Francis also stressed that the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime, and that all the wear and tear on the feet can be harmful if they are not maintained properly.

“The Lord said,  ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.’ How can we expect to accomplish this task with wear and tear on our feet? And to the men I say be not afraid! Pedicures are no longer just for women, just as the washing of the feet is no longer just for men.”

  • Andy

    Combox mayhem in 3…2…1…

    • Judy Derrickson

      Naw…I give up. Not worth getting upset over, it happens so often now. 🙁

      • Jim

        That’s right. Let’s not get into “pedi” arguments over this.

        • Mr. Graves

          Bless my sole(s), Jim, I do enjoy your comments here!

          • Jim

            Thank you!

        • Andy

          Didn’t mean to be a heel.

          • Mr. Graves

            You didn’t mean to be callous. I’ve seen more blistering critiques elsewhere.

          • Andy

            I seem to have really stepped in it this time. Must learn not to put my foot in my mouth.

          • More Tea Vicar?

            Ah, sure ’tis a Pilgrim’s Progress to walk up to the altar, sit down among strangers and experience nice, clean feet tenderly washed by a cleric.
            John Bunion – er, sorry – Bunyan.

      • But, what if, I mean, what if, a ****** comes along and says: Pope, not my feet but my hands and feet… what then, I ask? He can’t say it’s only your feet that need washing, can he? – especially with all that makeup.

      • David Poecking

        You nailed it

  • Judy Derrickson

    would be funny if the whole thing were not so SAD!

  • cs

    I have serious concerns about the Holy Father’s mental state.

    • His fetish for juvenile feet is disturbing. There is no record of this ailment in any of our quodam books. Well, after all his motto is: “to walk boldly where no woman has gone before”

      • cs

        i have been praying for him every day and will continue to do so.
        He is our pope, the keeper of the keys of Peter.
        His heart is good and full of love, but I do worry for him.

        • “His heart is good and full of love” …?

          Christ: when summer is near, you know because you can tell the effects on the trees and birds… know you not how to judge a man by his fruits? how say you then that this man has a heart, and that the heart is full of love – which love?… wherefore say you this, while he poisons My sheep daily?

          And as for the keeper of the keys, that is on debate. If I take something by force or by wicked art, I do indeed become the keeper of the thing I keep.

          • cs

            I do not know his mind or his heart. Do you?
            I will go by what I see and read.
            Until he attempts to change Dogma, I will give him the benefit of the doubt. As a Catholic, it is my duty.

          • You will wait until he dumps the glass, and offers you 100% cyanide? until then 50% cyanide mixed with soda is sweet and good?
            No one knows his mind, but Christ has given you a means to judge a man, has He or has He not?

            It is your duty to not say that his heart is full of love when you do not know his heart.

          • Kory

            Our Holy Father appears, to me, to be full of love. That said, some of the things he says and does might be “poisonous” to the poorly catechized. Fortunately, Christ has given us the ability to study and know our faith, has He or has He not?

            So your analogy is not fair. It might be more accurate to accuse Francis of posing the question, “Should we add cyanide to the glass?” (Should we allow divorcees communion? Or, as this latest news comes across, should women be priests?) But no poison has actually been administered if a false teaching has not been promulgated.

            On the other hand, perhaps posing such questions will pique the interest of the poorly catechized. Perhaps in discussing the topics, people will come to see the beauty of the Truth held by the Church. As @cs alluded, it is our duty to trust that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. And to stand by her, helping to teach those poor souls who are confused and (if not for Pope Francis) might not have otherwise bothered asking questions.

      • More Tea Vicar?

        Where to? The Gents?

        • Erm no…more like to HELL, after all … “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”

        • Natalie P

          He’s Pius X, don’t bother. Anything to tear down the “enemy”, just as with all Protestants who do the same. It’s sad really, that they don’t see how they are identical to Protestants when they act this way. I know many good Pius X but this is one that’s just a Protestant in Catholic’s clothing because pride has overtaken his soul. 🙁

  • AugustaMia

    In the prevus century (when I was not as well catechized as now), I agreed to be one of 12. HATED it! Feet are not pretty and the idea of being at the front of the sanctuary with bare feet and our pastor kneeling before me … Yuck, double yuck! So regretted volunteering.

    I was relieved the following year to discover men-only rule. Fast forward a few years and there were more women than men, and a few teen males. One of our more stalwart well-catechized ladies growled under her breath, why so many women? At that point Father explained before ritual began how dfficult it had been that year to find enough men.

    So the answer is … catechize your people well, especially women, and shame the men into stepping forward. As I recall Peter grumbled a bit when Jesus knelt before him to wash his feet.

  • VeilOfTiers

    So are they going to change the name from mandatum to something else?

    • Joy Niklas O F-s


      • Womandata!

        • Kathryn Coe

          shame, shame. The correct spelling is Womyndata.

          • More Tea Vicar?

            … or Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

          • Kathryn Coe

            drat, Data was clearly male, and by his own admission, anatomically correct. Can’t have connotations of masculinity in our new word. How about: Womynstuff?

          • My bad…Wymendata

  • Finally finally…! growing up us as a girl in east Boston, I always wanted my feet washed on Moody Thursday, but no, those greedy men would take up all the spots. Water was so expensive, and that was a chance in a year to take a semi-bath – for free. Pope Francis and your cohorts, shame on you, you are 70 years too late. Now water is free where I live – I don’t need your ruddy services, and for $14.95 plus tax … bah!

    • To RESPECT women more (because, in my opinion, this is the most important thing in the Catholic faith), to get with the times, to stop 2000 years of female exclusion let’s ordain women: we need a female Pope, it bothers my very deepest heart that the almost 300 papacy elects do not include a woman, sick, sick, sick, sick, just sick.

      Men Priests and Pope, STOP desiring to play with women’s feet, it is a sick sexual pleasure. Make us Priests, and Popes, that’s all – let us wash the feet of our own kind.

      • MamaFactotum

        wow. a stunning declaration. It needs several volumes to parse out each phrase here and respond accordingly. wow. I just. wow. Seriously Leofec?!

        • Mama, when you publish the book, let me know – whatever you do, don’t make us women look ridiculous and pathetic … because that’s how we look when we seek half-baked ambitions..

  • Casper

    I long for the days of our previous pastor (of our parish), who simply ignored all that foot-washing stuff. Our current pastor just does what he wants anyway.

  • samton909

    No, no, no. The meaning of the foot washing episode was not that Jesus wanted to show how to be a servant. What he wanted to show was that cleanliness was VERY important. That’s why, this year, at our welcoming parish, we will be having 12 men and women take showers before the entire congregation. The priest will hand towels to each of the showerers as they step out of their wonderfully designed portable shower stalls. Liturgical dancers, meanwhile, will be dancing in the aisles.

    • More Tea Vicar?

      Cleanliness is next to Godliness, doncha know?
      Church of Nice hymn verse could be altered thus:
      Come, Lord Jesus, Come!
      Come take my feet, wash them ’till they’re clean
      Wash them with some Fairy Soap
      It lathers up between my toes
      Come, Lord Jesus, Come!
      Come, Lord Jesus, take my feet …
      Liturgical Dancers (aka Pan’s People) could dance to Happy Feet…

  • Hotrod1962

    Pedicuring my feet would be the greatest act of Christian charity. Having an orbital sander nearby certainly would help.

  • Darn liberals ate my bible

    Wait not every church does this… I’m baffled. At my church 12 women sit up front and Oprah comes and does their feet.

    • Katana

      Duh. Loser. Oprah is the pope. Those women priests should be honored.

  • More Tea Vicar?

    The Feet Washing at our local Church of Nice will be sponsored by Radox…

  • More Tea Vicar?

    Some Church of Nice harridans prefer to have their feet washed with Perrier…

  • Siwash

    Like talking for hours to lonely old ladies, and sitting for hours in the confessional hearing the same recitations of sin, this footwashing stuff is yet another of of the “priestly chores” that make me glad I’m not a priest.

  • Wildgraywolf

    A good toe nail buffing and cuticle trimming is a great way to begin the Triddium of Easter.

  • ithakavi

    Sometimes I have to check to see if I’m reading EOTT or the Vatican Press Office.