Pontiff’s reply to journalist asking about church’s position is not change in stance – but will disappoint advocates of change.
(ed:..’never’ is such an eternal word..isn’t it..?..(mind you..that is the currency/promise they deal in..eh..?)..so that fits..
and ‘for why?’…
..because there were no female apostles (!) – and some other bloke/pope said so last century…mm-kay..?..so there..!..
that’s where you get your ‘never’ from..thus setting a new benchmark in lame/shallow theological-justification..(just one step away from ‘because!’.)
(and gee..!..he was doing quite well up until now/this..eh..?..this new bloke/pope..can you feel his popularity fading somewhat as you read these words..?..)
Pope Francis has ruled out a woman ever serving as a priest in the Roman Catholic church.
The declaration is not a change in stance for the Argentinian pope who has always said the door was closed on women being ordained as priests.
But when he was asked and then pressed on the matter by a Swedish journalist during a press conference onboard the papal plane – Francis suggested the ban would be eternal.
‘Saint Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands – this stands’ Francis said in his initial response – referring to a 1994 document stating that women could never join the priesthood.
Francis replied: ‘If we read carefully the declaration by St John Paul II – it is going in that direction’.