Pope Francis Says Women Will Never Ever Be Priests!
Reader, Pope Francis, inspired by statements made by Pope John Paul II in 1994, says the Roman Catholic Church's last word is final and their refusal to ordain women as priests is likely to last forever. In a response to his previous statements, Francis admits that "women can do may other things better than men," but becoming a priest is not one of them.
So Much For Smashing That Stained-Glass Ceiling. Since the infancy of the Catholic Church, there has been a clear separation between the roles of men and women, as well as the levels of ordination that each can receive. Men can serve as priests, friars, monks, brothers, and deacons, the largest positions of categorical status and achievement within the Church; women, however, have long been relegated to roles like Eucharistic Minister, nun, or religious sister… but being ordained as a priest is strictly forbidden.
As the western world has adapted increasingly liberal points of view regarding social status and workplace equity, it’s a question that recent Popes has faced with frequency, and again this week the Pontiff restated the long-held and arguably antiquated viewpoint: no women priests. Pope Francis faced the topic in the form of a question by a female reporter this week, who pressed His Holiness on whether or not women would be able to serve as priests or bishops. Pope Francis responded simply, “St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands.”
I would love to here from Catholic women: Does this affect your view of the church's relationship with women, and if so, how?
So Much For Smashing That Stained-Glass Ceiling: Pope Francis Says Women Will Never Be Priests