It can now be confirmed that our Holy Father violated the Law of the Church. A few hours ago I reported that Radio Vatican confirmed His Holiness would break the Law. In fact, he violated the very Law that he himself promulgated a few months ago. One cannot but wonder why our beloved Holy Father instituted a Law that he himself had no intention of keeping?
This is a scandalous example of disregard for the Law of the Church. But it goes further, it has now changed the meaning of the "Mandatum" beyond recognition. Changes in pastoral praxis always have doctrinal implications.
Vatican Radio reports:
Service was a major theme of the Holy Thursday liturgy: Pope Francis, in imitation of Christ at the Last Supper, performed the ritual washing of the feet of a dozen people – eleven guests of the C.A.R.A. Centre and one woman who works at the Centre for Auxilium. Four of the guests taking part in the ritual were Nigerian Catholics, three others – all three women – were Coptic Christians from Eritrea, three others were Muslims from Syria, Pakistan and Mali, and one was an Indian Hindu.