“Gender Inclusive” Holy Thursday Footwashing: No need to ask “What Would Jesus Do?” when we can simply read the Gospel to see what Jesus actually did.

… according to the Church’s rubrics, only the feet of males are to be washed. The question, then, concerns why the rubrics for the ritual command that viri selecti—“chosen males”—have their feet washed, and not women.

Basis for Holy Orders

The answer is that the footwashing scene in the Gospel of John is not only meant to be an example of humble service, but primarily a record of the institution of the Christian priesthood and thus the Scriptural root of the sacrament of holy orders.

… What is often overlooked is that the apostles are a special class unto themselves. They are not just disciples like all Christians are disciples; they are unique. Jesus chooses twelve of them for a reason, to suggest that the Church they will lead will continue the redemptive work of Israel’s twelve tribes in the world. In Catholic (and Orthodox) understanding, the disciples are the first priests and bishops, and thus what Jesus says to them and does with them may not be of direct exemplary relevance for all Christians. For instance, when Jesus gives Peter alone the keys to the kingdom in Matthew 16, it does not mean that every Christian has the keys to the kingdom and the power to bind and loose.

Something more than mere exemplarism is going on in John 13. Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet has sacerdotal significance; Jesus institutes the priesthood.

… Fr. Jerome Neyrey, SJ, longtime professor of New Testament at Notre Dame, demonstrated that the footwashing scene in John 13 is a “status transformation ritual” in which the disciples are made priests of the new covenant. 

Read more from The Catholic World Report

Editor’s note: Since females can never become priests, washing women’s feet during the Holy Thursday liturgy is (conceptually) just as ridiculous, false, unnatural and probably even more offensive to God, than “trans” men claiming to be women and “trans” women claiming to be men.

Both serve to deny God’s truth and instead, serve to cleverly twist that divine truth into a lie.

Related link: Only the Ordained May Touch The Lord

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