During the return flight to Rome after the World Youth Day events, Pope Francis fielded some questions from reporters. One asked if the Church was going to lift its ban on women priests.
Addressing the issue of women priests, the pope said, “The Church has spoken and says ‘no’ that door is closed.” It was the first time he had spoken in public on the subject. “We cannot limit the role of women in the Church to altar girls or the president of a charity, there must be more,” he said in answer to a question. “But with regards to the ordination of women, the Church has spoken and says ‘no’. Pope John Paul said so with a formula that was definitive. That door is closed,” he said, referring to a document by the late pontiff which said the ban was part of the infallible teaching of the Church. The Church teaches that it cannot ordain women because Jesus willingly chose only men as his apostles. Advocates of a female priesthood say he was acting according to the customs of his times. Many in the Church, even those who oppose a female priesthood, say women should be given leadership roles in the Church and the Vatican administration.
The document being referred to is, of course, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, issued in 1994 to much wailing and gnashing of teeth that continues to this very day.
Catch that, womynpreests? “Pope John Paul said so with a formula that was definitive.”
The Women’s Ordination Conference has already shed tears, and assigned blame.
Washington, DC - ”The Women’s Ordination Conference is deeply discouraged to learn of Pope Francis’ remarks regarding women’s ordination.
In an interview given to reporters on July 28 en route to Rome from Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis made it very clear that this papacy sees women as separate, but not equal to men, and will keep the door to women’s ordination closed, citing Pope John Paul II as his reasoning.
Pope Francis’ cop-out rationale illustrates a very selective theology: to blame a previous pope for his stance on women priests, and then in the very same interview contradict his predecessors by acknowledging an open understanding for gay priests.
Hahahahahahahahahha!! They call his rationale a “cop-out”, illustrating “selective theology”. Someone forgot to turn on their irony detector when leaving the house this morning, because if anyone’s demonstrating “selective theology”, it’s the womynpreests!
Their honeymoon with Francis is all but over. Call the tailors and seamstresses, and send ‘em to the National Catholyc Reporter – I have a feeling they’ll be needed with all the garments-rending and chasuble-shredding that will be occurring in due course.
Not that it matters. The womynpreests and their supporters will still go ahead with their fauxrdinations and mock ceremonies and fake Masses, and remain excommunicated and risk their salvation. They’ll continue to complain of injustice and misogyny, and claim the hierarchy is rejecting the call of the Holy Spirit. Quite sad, actually – but pride does that to people.
This is a good time to remind everyone of the Adopt-A-Priestess Project. Are you still praying for the one you’ve adopted? Have you adopted one to pray for yet? Please consider it – these gals need it now more than ever.