It is hard to imagine how wrong newsies can be… and then you run into the abysmally twisted report from Reuters about what Pope Francis said today in his Wednesday audience about women.
Pope stresses “fundamental” value of women in Church
By Naomi O’Leary
ROME | Wed Apr 3, 2013 1:23pm EDT
(Reuters) – Pope Francis stressed the “fundamental” importance of women in the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, a message hailed as a significant shift from the position of his predecessor Benedict. [ROFL! Over HERE we saw that Francis was virtually quoting Benedict. Furthermore, Francis stressed motherhood. But let's go on...]
Supporters of liberal reform of the Church have called on it to give a greater voice to women and recognize their importance to the largest religious denomination in the world, and some groups call for women to be ordained as priests.
The head of the Women’s Ordination Conference, [ROFL! Here we go!] which calls for women to be treated equally in the Church [Naomi is not actually reporting at all, now, is she...] and to be allowed to become priests and bishops, said Francis’s words were the most encouraging she had heard in her lifetime, but did not go far enough. [They will wait a looooong time, I'm afraid.]
“While the pope was trying to be positive about women’s role, where he’s actually wrong is that women were actually disciples, like Mary Magdalene,” [that's not the point] WOC [spell it backwards] Executive Director Erin Saiz Hanna told Reuters.
“He said women are able to communicate Christ’s words, but actually women can’t preach so that’s a false statement.” [So, Francis is a liar.]
The Vatican [I love it when they write "The Vatican" like that.] says woman cannot be priests as Jesus Christ willingly [translation problems? purposely... intentionally...] chose only men as his apostles. Advocates of a female priesthood reject this position, saying Jesus was merely conforming to the customs of his times. [What is so funny about this is that, today, Francis said in his talk that the ancient cultural norms were being contradicted by what happened at the time of the Resurrection.]
Francis, elected last month as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, said women had always had a special mission in the Church as “first witnesses” of Christ’s resurrection, and because they pass belief onto their children and grandchildren. [There it is, but poor Naomi and the others don't get it. They do this as MOTHERS, not MINISTERS.]
“In the Church, and in the journey of faith, women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord,” Francis told thousands of pilgrims at his weekly audience in S. Peter’s Square.
He said that in the Bible, women were not recorded as witnesses to Christ’s resurrection because of the Jewish Law of the time that did not deem women or children to be reliable witnesses. [Is Naomi unaware that the Gospels are part of the Bible. Or is Naomi of a tradition that doesn't accept the Gospels as part of the Bible?]
“In the Gospels, however, women have a primary, fundamental role … The evangelists simply narrate what happened: the women were the first witnesses. This tells us that God does not choose according to human criteria,” Francis said.
The address was the second time Francis had spoken of women’s role as witnesses to the resurrection of Christ, a subject of bedrock importance to the Catholic faith. [The Resurrection is of "bedrock" importance, but not women's role as witnesses.]
His Easter Vigil address on Saturday made prominent mention of women and urged believers not to fear change.
Francis’s decision a week ago to include women in a traditional foot-washing ritual drew ire from traditionalists, who see the custom as a re-enactment of Jesus washing the feet of his apostles and said it should therefore be limited to men.
Marinella Perroni, [Who?] a theologian and leading member of the Association of Italian Women Theologians, which promotes female experts on religion and their visibility in the Church, said the pope’s words marked a significant shift from the previous pope.
“The fact that the Pope acknowledges that the progressive removal of female figures from the tradition of the resurrection … is due to human judgments, distant from those of God…introduces a decidedly new element compared to the previous papacy.” [This incomprehensible. Translation problem? Bottom line: silly.]
This is just dumb.