Pope Francis has ruled out a woman ever serving as a priest in the Roman Catholic church.
He stated this when he was asked by a Swedish journalist during a press conference onboard the papal plane.He said
“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.
“But for ever, for ever? Never, never?” the reporter asked
“If we read carefully the declaration by St John Paul II, it is going in that direction.”
According to The Guardian, the pope went on to say women did “many other things better than men”, emphasising what has been called the “feminine dimension of the church”.
“People ask me: ‘Who is more important in the theology or in the spirituality of the church, the apostles or Mary, on the day of Pentecost?’ It is Mary,” he said. He then added: “More.”