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Monday, July 29, 2013

What the pope said

Damian Thompson comments on what the pope said about gay priests ...



Yes, this seems a change in attitude from previous Vatican stances (see here and here). But does this signal a change in how the official church will treat LGBT people in general ... I don't know.

In the same interview, Pope Francis also commented on the role of women in the church ...

During the press conference, Pope Francis reaffirmed that the Church was unable to ordain women priests, but emphasised women’s importance to the Faith. “A Church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary. The Madonna is more important that the Apostles, and the Church herself is feminine, the spouse of Christ and a mother,” he said. “We cannot limit the role of women in the Church to altar girls or the president of a charity, there must be more.”

"Francis reaffirmed that the Church was unable to ordain women priests" ... oh, don't get me started on this #$%! topic :(

My fear is that while Francis may want to change the atmosphere around the issues of church treatment of gays and women, that he isn't going to change the actual situations or teaching. I think justice demands concrete change.



4 Comments:

Anonymous Richard said...

“A Church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary"
Yes, just like that and also mostly empty

9:43 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I think his heart is in the right place but no amount of putting women on metaphorical pedestals will compensate for disallowing women's ordination.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Well he said the door is closed, but at least we know there is a door!

5:04 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yes. To say, as Benedict used to also, that they have no power to make women priests all because JPII said so (or because that's the way Jesus wants it) just seems to me really disingenuous. At least they should have the nerve to take responsibility for the fact that they don't *want* women to be priests and admit that's the only thing really standing between women and ordination. Instead they blame shift.

12:13 PM  

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