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