Pope Francis Says Women Should Play Larger Role in Church

But remains silent on the matter of female ordination to the priesthood

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Women should take on greater responsibility in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said Saturday in a speech to an Italian women’s group, saying that women’s “gifts of delicateness, special sensitivity and tenderness” make them uniquely poised to share pastoral roles with men.

Francis did not give any indication, however, that women might be ordained into the priesthood, despite his praise for female talent and “the indispensable contribution of women in society, in particular with their sensitivity and intuition toward the other, the weak and the unprotected,” reports the Associated Press.

Currently, women visit parishioners too frail to come to church and run prayer groups and outreach programs for the poor.

In the past, the Vatican has decisively suppressed women’s ordination movements in the U.S. and western Europe.

[AP]

8 comments
kon-tiki
kon-tiki

I believe in the Life lead by Jesus and I am not really sure if anywhere he mentioned that Women should not be ordained as Priests or they should not be allowed speak out. I firmly believe that they should be given equal rights to practise as priests. I also believe that priest should remain as celibates (both men and women) because that way they can devote more of their time for social work rather than bogged down in family affairs and children. (at least that is the whole idea being devoted completely in an ideal world). I thought Mother Teresa would have made a great Pope. 

AwabNavi1
AwabNavi1

Is the Pope teaching anti-Bible theology? If so then he is ANTI-CHRIST.

Yoshi
Yoshi

"A larger role" but still subordinate to the men.... Please!

If you like your Catholic church, you can keep your Catholic church, period!

RobertJohnson4
RobertJohnson4

If the pope wants to be true to the Bible which all Christians hold as the word of God, he will never let women be priests. The Bible teaches that women should keep their mouths shut. For example, 1 Timothy 2:11-12 teaches: "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." This makes it very clear that women should never be in a position of authority over men in any Christian Bible believing organization.


Of course, the Bible was written by ancient Jews who held women in contempt as they held God's gift to us of innate reason. Maybe we should take the advice of the American founder and Deist Thomas Paine who wrote in his thought provoking book on God, Deism and religion, The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition that we need a revolution in religion based on our innate God-given reason and Deism. This would put an end to misogynistic nonsense as well as an end to much of the religious violence infecting the world.


Progress! Bob Johnson

www.deism.com 

dellflorida
dellflorida

Historically women in the Catholic Church from the 1200's to the 1600's were leaders of Royal Abbeys (allover Europe) and basically had the power of a Bishop. They ruled over these large Royal Abbeys and all the chuirches and male clergy on the Royal Abbey lands. So women have already been high officials in the Catholic Church,with vast powers. Read all about it in 

'The Lady Was a Bishop' ' by the English scholar, Joan Morris. All popes and Cardinals know of this part of  Catholic Church history, as they also know that  male clergy were married priests in the Catholic church for about the first 1,000 years.

Popes know these facts, but will never acknowledge and act if women have had no power in the Catholic church-which is untrue...


ajdiaz73
ajdiaz73

You're either trolling to get reactions or your reading comprehension sucks! Read the piece again, that's not what the Pope is saying at all.

IceToes
IceToes

In short, they can keep having lots of babies to forcibly make Catholic, teach catechism, run the nurseries, clean the sanctuary, cook for potlucks, and do all the stuff that "women" are supposed to do. Just as long as they don't get ideas about having any say in the church life or their own bodies. In short, they can "know their place."