First, in the Ordinary Form the footwashing rite or “Mandatum” is optional. It need not be done at all. Neither can any bishop or priest be constrained to do it. Fathers, you can simply drop it. If you are being pressured to add women or girls to those chosen, don’t do the rite.
Second, this does not apply to the Extraordinary Form. Fathers. Think about it. ¡Hagan lío!
Third, just as in the cases of Communion in the hand and the use of altar girls, both of which were legalized after years of blatant disobedience to the law, this move by Pope Francis could be interpreted to mean that liturgical norms mean very little and, worse, that liturgy means very little. Thus, we move deeper into a brave new antinomian world. (emphasis added) I suspect, however, that it one were to choose to make it up as you go (disobey) in the traditional direction rather than in the innovative direction, the world would be brought down on one’s head.
Fourth, see number two, above.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf addresses the matter of this brave new world innovation here today, with these observations: