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Pope Francis Considering A Small Step That Could Eventually Lead To Female Priests

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For hundreds of years, the Catholic church has only allowed men to be priests. That may soon change with the help of Pope Francis, who is considering a move that could someday lead to female priests. The Pope recently said he will look into the possibility of appointing female deacons.
 
Yes, deacons are a level below priests, but it’s a huge move when you realize it’s been a men’s club for CENTURIES. Don’t get too excited, though, because the operative word here is “considering.” Pope Francis is only in the initial stages of setting up a commission that will study the possibility of women joining the ranks of the church.
 
“Constitute an official commission that might study the question?” the Pope asked aloud, according to Italian news agencies. “I believe yes. It would do good for the church to clarify this point. I am in agreement. I will speak (in favor of doing) something like this.” He continued: “It seems useful to me to have a commission that would clarify this.”
 
As deacons, women would be able to perform a lot of the same tasks as a priests like baptisms, prayer services or other type of management work for the church. They cannot, however, celebrate mass. Interestingly enough, church historians say women held this role centuries ago, but the practice died over time. In 1994, Pope John Paul II denied a call for women to become priests.
 
The possibility of this change goes hand in hand with all the other changes the Pontiff has made since 2013. 
 
Hooray for joining us in the 21st century, Catholic Church!
 
Read more about the Pope’s decision @ Raw Story.
 
READ:You Will Never Believe The Amount Of Papal Shade Coming From Pope Francis
 
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Bautista’s Bat Flip Led To A Payback Punch… And Hilarious Memes

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Bautista’s Bat Flip Led To A Payback Punch… And Hilarious Memes

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OK, if you watch baseball, you know most fights look like this:

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Benches clear and players meet in the middle of the field, but all it amounts to is pushing and shoving.

There’s usually a tough guy or two who does the whole “HOLD ME BACK, BRO” thing until things simmer down.

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Lots of theatrics, not much action.

But recently, Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers and Joey Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays went at it and PUNCHES WERE THROWN.

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OK, more like one punch, but it was a REALLY GOOD punch. Canelo vs. Khan-level good. (Also, here’s how you pronounce “Rougned Odor.”) Here’s a quick rundown of what led to that vicious right to Bautista’s jaw:

Last year, Bautista’s bat flip versus the Texas Rangers was one of the biggest sports stories of the year. The Rangers didn’t like it very much. So, when Bautista was hit by a pitch during a recent Blue Jays-Rangers game, he believed it was retaliation for his famous bat flip. After all, baseball players are notorious for holding grudges. A few plays later, Bautista tried to break up a double play by sliding dangerously close to Rangers second baseman Odor. It was Bautista’s form of payback. But Odor wasn’t down with that, so he stepped to an oncoming Bautista and cracked him so hard that Bautista’s helmet and sunglasses flew off. At this point, you’ve probably said to yourself, “Who cares about the recap? Just lemme watch that punch over and over.” (You can watch the full fight at MLB.com.)

And, of course, the Internet had a field day with the brawl. There was a “post-fight photo” that surfaced:

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There was also a fashion debate:

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For some, the fight symbolized what it’s like when the weekend is over:

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Others were reminded of Instagram drama:

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Someone gave the fight a “Sonic The Hedgehog” remix:

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And someone else discovered there was a better way to fight Odor.

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Crying Jordan made an appearance. Not once…

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But twice:

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Odor’s punch reminded some about this classic scene from “Friday”:

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And, finally, someone “updated” Odor’s stats on Wikipedia.

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READ: This Latino Baseball Star Revealed Painful Memories About Being Unable To Speak English

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