Pope Francis, during an airplane presser (please, God, end them) responded to a question about ordination of women. This would be a question of some importance to Protestants who “ordain” women and to the catholic wymyn who push such nonsense.
Greg Burke: Thank you, Holy Father. Now, a question from the Swedish nation, in the same row, Christina Kaplan.
Christina Kaplan: Good morning. The Sweden that hosted this important ecumenical encounter has a woman as head of it’s own Church. What do you think: is it realistic to think of women priests also in the Catholic Church in the coming decades? And if not, why are Catholic priests afraid of competition?
Pope Francis: Reading the history a bit in the area where we were, I saw that there was a queen who was widowed three times. And I said: but, this woman is strong, and they told me: Swedish women are very strong, very good. And because of this some Swedish man looks for a woman from another nationality…I don’t know if it’s true, but…on the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the final word is clear, it was said by St. John Paul II and this remains. On competition, I don’t know…
Cristina Kaplan: (inaudible) [USA Today gives, “Forever, forever? Never, never?”]
Pope Francis: If we read well the declaration made by St. John Paul II, it goes along this line, yes.
Greg Burke: Thank you, Holy Father.
I am going to take this also as an indication of the Holy Father’s thoughts about any kind of ordination of women. I suspect that we may see in the next year or so – make it two – a Ordinatio diaconalis.
It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? And a lovely symmetry. However, I could also admire the chiasmus created by Diaconalis ordinatio.