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‘This stands’: Pope reaffirms no women priests

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/01/16

The subject came up during Pope Francis’s now-customary news conference on the papal flight back to Rome following his visit to Sweden. The answer should surprise no one who has been paying attention for the last three decades:

Asked how realistic it would be to foresee women priests in the Catholic Church in the coming decades, and if not, why not, Pope Francis said “the last word on this issue was clear” and had been given by Saint John Paul II and “this stands; this stands.” At the same time, he stressed that the Church itself is feminine and Mary is more important than the Apostles in terms of the theology and mysticism of the Church on the day of the Pentecost. The Church, he explained, has its Petrine dimension and its Marian dimension and said it could not exist with this female dimension.

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