Defending Tradition: Of Altar Boys and “Altar Girls”

Una Voce has released the first of several papers on the 1962 Roman Missal. The full text and commentary are available from Rorate Caeli: FIUV Position Papers: The Service of the Altar by Men and Boys

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Another Step Toward Liturgical Obedience in Richmond

The Diocese of Richmond’s Office of Worship has issued instructions for Lent and Easter 2012, including the following for Holy Thursday:

The washing of the feet (mandatum) should be celebrated in a way that allows for people to

participate visually. The custom that those chosen for the foot washing be men is still normative and

should be observed unless pastoral reasons dictate otherwise. [Emphasis added.]

While the instruction leaves plenty of wiggle room for female toes, it does provide cover for priests who wish to conform their ceremonies with Rome.