May I suggest that discussion of this matter begin with what canon and liturgical law actually say (and don’t say) about the Mandatum rite, and that serious attention be given, if not this year then next, to eliminating this ill-conceived and merely optional rite from parish liturgies altogether and instead making it a powerful part of the bishop’s Chrism Mass?
Hmm. I'm not too sure about the history of the mandatum, but there's something to be said here for this. The rite is meant to symbolize Christ washing the feet of the Apostles, of the High Priest giving an example of service to the men he was about to ordain priests. The Chrism Mass includes some very powerful symbolism of the unity between the Bishop of the diocese and his priests. This would be a pretty Ignatian act of symbolism, and by Ignatian, I mean Ignatius of Antioch. (Where the Bishop is, there is Christ.)
Considering that we traditionalists really don't have this problem with the Mandatum, I would of course be incredibly territorial and ask that we get to keep it. Yet I gotta admit, I can't seem to rule out the attractiveness of this proposal, even though I'm trying to.
(via Fr. Z)