On a disappointing note, the Worship office for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is once again encouraging priests to thumb their noses at the rubrics governing foot-washing at Mass on Holy Thursday, citing a document from a bishops’ conference subcommittee dating to the 1980s with no authority whatsoever over the liturgy:
It goes on to say:
While this variation may differ from the rubric of the Sacramentary which mentions only men (viri selecti), it may nevertheless be said that the intention to emphasize service along with charity in the celebration of the rite is an understandable way of accentuating the evangelical command of the Lord, “who came to serve and not be served,” that all members of the Church must serve one another in love. (BCL, Vol. XXIII, Feb., 1987)
In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, it has been the custom of priests to wash the feet of a representative group of parishioners: men, women, children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, etc.