“And, as far as women’s ordination is concerned, the Church has spoken and said: “No”. John Paul II said it, but with a definitive formulation. That door is closed, but on this issue I want to tell you something. I have said it, but I repeat it. Our Lady, Mary, was more important than the Apostles, than bishops and deacons and priests. Women, in the Church, are more important than bishops and priests; how, this is something we have to try to explain better, because I believe that we lack a theological explanation of this.”

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Pope Francis

Press Conference during the return flight from the Apostolic Journey to Rio de Janeiro

on the occasion of the XXVIII World Youth Day

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  1. Avatar ONG says:

    The *Holy Spirit* is really at work on this site in the background, with articles and comments to comments and links for reflections…

    It’s not that necessary to always be explicit in recognizing or praising specific posters and commenters… it’s *implicit* in the posts and in the comments themselves what they are aiming at: an *objective Truth* where the *I* is not predominant, and the *you* is what counts! ☺️

  2. Avatar ONG says:

    Ah, and I forgot: there is only ONE Holy Spirit, and ONE Body, whose each part has different functions, but NOT in opposition to the whole.
    If otherwise, the Red Flag shows up, and one must work with *that* missing link…

    • Avatar Jane says:

      Dear ONG, I wanted to comment to you about the link you sent me/us about Pope Francis and his very deep and eloquent teaching about prayer, and I was unable to do so; there was no reply button. So, I found you here. Thank you very much for it! It goes along so beautifully with what you are saying here. And it it right where I stand as well. God Bless you and your work to defend our Holy Father and our Holy Faith!!!
      And GOD BLESS WPI! ! ! ! 🙂

      • Avatar ONG says:

        Thank you Jane! 😇
        Yes, several have noticed the missing reply button at times. Don’t know why!
        Also, comments get spread all over, often in non-chronological order, and isn’t easy to remember where and in what article they where posted.
        I’m trying to keep the train of thought and focusing on the missing links when they are evident.
        Keeping unity as described in Eph. 4, I think it’s a good reminder as also mentioned in the other post “What should the Church do?”.
        I also think there is a clear common thread in all the posts I have seen so far.

        As Pope Francis has always exhorted, we also are to “build bridges and not walls”, aren’t we?

        Keep up the good work in the Vineyard, you too! Pax Christi.

      • Avatar ONG says:

        Typo:
        *were posted. [not ‘where’]
        ____
        Eph 4:1-7 says:

        1 I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,

        2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love,

        3 striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:

        4 one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call;

        5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

        6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

        7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

  3. Avatar Anne Lastman says:

    Hi Pedro, i don’t understand why catholic women would want or demand priesthood. I have often pondered on this question
    My understanding is that to man is given the office of blessing and offering of life giving sacrifice, and to woman has been given the role of cooperating with God to bring forth new life.
    Each task is sacred and Godly.
    Woman as priest would be ungodly because we can see this at the consecration when the priest utters the words “this is my body this is my blood.” He who is in “persona christi”’ must be male because Jesus was male. A female would not be able to utter these words because it would be a theological aberration.
    Priesthood needs to always be male not because a woman would not be able to carry out the work, but because it is not a work but a holy mandate of making Jesus (male) perpetually present in the world to fulfil his promise “I will be with you always even until the end of time.” the sacred words of consecration uttered globally daily and continuously ensures that this promise is fulfilled. (Anemnesis) Jesus (male) is present in our midst as he promised
    Priesthood is a covenant and its a covenant for males only. Motherhood is a covenant for females only.