Pope: Women will be banned from priesthood forever

Nov 3, 2016

By John Bacon

The Catholic Church’s ban on female priests will stand forever, Pope Francis said Tuesday.

The pontiff made the declaration in response to a female reporter asking whether he thought women would one day serve as Catholic priests and bishops, noting the head of Sweden’s Lutheran Church whom Francis met on his trip there is a woman.

“St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands,” Francis said during a news conference aboard the papal plane on the flight back to Rome, according to Reuters.

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12 comments on “Pope: Women will be banned from priesthood forever

  • @OP – The Catholic Church’s ban on female priests will stand forever, Pope Francis said Tuesday.

    So what is needed now is a women’s ban on Catholic priests anywhere near their families!!

    The pontiff made the declaration in response to a female reporter asking whether he thought women would one day serve as Catholic priests and bishops, noting the head of Sweden’s Lutheran Church whom Francis met on his trip there is a woman.

    In a country like Sweden, this is probably a last gasp attempt to cling on to church membership in an increasingly rational society.

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  • Surprise surprise, the RCC wants to keep women barefoot and pregnant. Pope Frankie isn’t the reformer he’s cracked up to be. Still squeamish about women and horrified by gays. Still lives in a billion dollar palace while his flock lives in utter poverty.

    Catholic women should attempt to see the predatory side of their church and fight their own indoctrination. Take your children away from the predators and if you can’t find your way out of the irrational religion you were born into then at least join a kinder gentler church.

    Do it for your kids! They will thank you later!

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  • The Catholic Church’s ban on female priests will stand forever, Pope Francis said Tuesday.

    This looks somewhat similar to the NRA strategy of never conceding anything on gun control, lest it may create the initial conditions for their ultimate demise.

    It may work in the short/medium term, but not likely in the long one.

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  • But why? Nothing more than tradition. IIRC women were prominent in the early church.

    There is another more sinister reason. The church is primarily a paedophile ring. Women are not much interested in paedophilia. Inviting them in interferes with molesting children.

    The upside of this attitude is the institution as a whole is marching ever faster into irrelevance.

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  • “If we read carefully the declaration by St. John Paul II, it is going in that direction,”

    There could be no clearer definition on just how wrong people are in liking this current pope. He pretends to play nice but really he is just as conservative as the last pope, only less honest. Let’s pull this apart

    “If we read carefully the declaration by St. John Paul II…

    So why is St. John Paul the II’s pronouncements on this any more or less credible than any other pope. Certainly popes have contradicted each other. So is he picking and choosing from different infallible pronouncements? If so why not make your own?

    it is going in that direction…

    Here we see him hedging so he doesn’t have to seem unreasonable personally, how very gutless.

    This guy is essentially saying no there will be no women priests because that really nice pope a couple of popes ago seemed to be saying so, you understand that is not me the current infallible messenger with a pipeline to god saying this, it’s his second last one, not the last guy who no one liked (who would have said the same thing more definitely – honestly) but the guy every thought was really cool he seemed to be saying this so don’t shoot the messenger.

    The only thing different between this guy and the last is this one knows just how bad he looks believing this rubbish and is prepared to lie about it.

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  • Great, this will get rid of them even quicker, and he’s backing them into a corner so they get stuck with it. The only way out needs backtracking and humiliation.
    I thought they’d learnt not to do this when they avoided taking a position on the authenticity of the Turin shroud.
    Well can’t say I’m unhappy if they want to be the authors of their own demise.

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  • 7
    Cairsley says:

    It is interesting to note that the rationale for the stand taken by Pope John-Paul II and his successors is based on sacramental theology, and at least ostensibly not because of a desire to keep women out of the highest positions of authority. The reason why the Holy Spirit apparently has guided the Church to bar women from the priesthood is that the priesthood in question is that of Jesus Christ himself, who is a man, not a woman. And so it is that canon law requires a candidate for the priesthood to have at least one testicle. Without testicles a woman cannot represent Jesus Christ sacramentally. So there you have it in a nutshell — the popes have just been too polite to say so in public.

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  • 9
    Cairsley says:

    phil rimmer #8
    …or not.

    Right, Phil. The moment you start to consider the premises of my rough summary of the sacramental theology of the priesthood and the exclusion of women from the priesthood, either you see sound teaching that assures you of your place in the divine plan of salvation, or you become aware that the church’s stance is entirely based on superstitions comprising a weird mixture of supposed divine omnipotence and ancient tribal notions of personhood, bodyparts and gender roles.

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  • @OP – Pope: Women will be banned from priesthood forever.

    Oh! Dear! Oh dear!

    Asherah really should have have a word with old Yahweh about this on behalf of women! 🙂

    Follow a trail of archaeological discoveries and discover the forgotten story of God’s wife, the Hebrew Mother Goddess Asherah . . .

    On the other-hand, achieving equality by banning recruiting men as priests, and banning recruiting nuns, plus designating the Vatican as a geriatric home for the senile, would be even better – and great for protecting kids!

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