Is Pope Francis Being Reckless In Insisting That There Will NEVER Be Women Catholic Priests — EVER?
To be fair Pope Francis did hide behind and took cover by continually citing Pope St. John Paul II’s May 1994 Apostolic Letter ‘Ordinatio Sacerdotalis‘ (below) that said the Church does not consider ‘herself’ authorized to allow female priests. That alone is rather a strange statement. The Church has never been static and popes and Ecumenical Councils have changed much over the millennia.
But what was strange was how emphatic Pope Francis was about it.
Agreeing that the exclusion would be FOREVER.
How can he be so sure?
Has he been told so, categorically, by God during their regular discourses? If so shouldn’t he tell us that?
His statements, on the plane back from Sweden, didn’t have the necessary gravitas to even take them close to the vicinity of being deemed infallible. For a start he would have had to be much more formal and make some personal declarations — as opposed to quoting a prior pope.
But this is rather strange. Yes, it is likely that there will be no women priests (as opposed to deacons) in the next 40 years. But that is not even CLOSE to ‘NEVER’.
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