A few weeks ago, a mini-storm of controversy erupted when Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston, at the Chrism Mass, included feminism in a list of ills facing society and the Church. And then a few days later, on Holy Thursday, he abided by the Church’s discipline and only washed men’s feet at the Holy Thursday Liturgy, which some women took as a great insult. If anything fit the definition of tempest in a teapot, this did.
However, the archbishop decided that the issue needed to be addressed so he used his column in The Pilot this week to explain himself. Much of the local media, characterized it as an apology, but that’s not really what it was, as it was an apologia.