Pope Francis confirms finality of ban on ordaining women priests

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Source: National Catholic Reporter

by Joshua J. McElwee

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SWEDEN — Pope Francis has said he thinks the Roman Catholic church’s ban on priestly ordination for women will continue forever, saying his predecessor Pope John Paul II’s declaration on the matter “goes in that direction.”

Francis expressed his thoughts on the subject in response to a question Tuesday from a journalist aboard the papal flight back to Rome after a two-day visit to Sweden.

The journalist, a Swede, mentioned that among those who welcomed Francis during his visit was Lutheran Archbishop Antje Jackelen of Uppsala. Jackelen is the primate of the Church of Sweden and a woman.

“Is it realistic to think that there might be women priests also in the Catholic church in the next few decades?” the journalist asked the pope.

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