By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cardinal Wuerl Included Women in Foot Washing

The cardinal of Washington, D.C., who is one of the most prominent Catholic figures in the U.S. and known as an expert in catechesis and the teaching of the Catholic faith, has included women in the rite, as Pope Francis did. The cardinal is a member of the Church's top doctrinal body--the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The photo is from April 5, 2012, and can be found at this link.

This photo is more evidence of a widespread factual custom in the U.S. that the Vatican has on occasion explicitly approved and which has been tacitly permitted for years. Did Pope Francis' inclusion of women in 2013 signify papal approval? I think so. Let's see what the Pope does in 2014.

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