Pope Benedict XVI washes the foot of an unidentified layman in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Thursday, April 1, 2010. The feet-washing ceremony symbolizes humility and commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his 12 apostles on the evening before his Good Friday crucifixion. (AP Photo/Christophe Simon, Pool)
The irony surrounding this ritual foot washing of a layman couldn’t be thicker. As Benedict shows deference to everyman in an act of self-effacement, bonding and purification, the Vatican should only be so thorough in coming clean.