David Gibson summarizes two millennia and recent history on washing feet Holy Thursday evening. He does stumble when attributing it to “church law.” Viri selecti is descriptive of a 1956 presumption, and hardly prescriptive. Except for people who want it that way.
It speaks to the substance of the ritual that it attracts so much attention. If it weren’t important–if it were an ordinary thing like lace or burlap–it wouldn’t attract so much attention.
It’s an annual entertainment, not to mention a sad perversion of a gesture of service. To fight is to miss the Lord’s point.