Pope Francis declares banning of female priests in the Catholic Church.
The pontiff made the declaration in response to one female reporter asking whether he thought women could one day serve as Catholic priests and bishops, where Pope Francis met the head of Sweden’s Lutheran Church on his trip there is a woman.
According to Reuters, Pope Francis cited about the clear declaration by St. John Paul II, as the pontiff responded, “If we read carefully the declaration by St. John Paul II, it is going in that direction”.
Pope John Paul II wrote in an Apostolic letter in 1994 that despite the church’s long history of male-only priests, “in some places it is nonetheless considered open to debate.”
Pope John Paul II died in 2005 and was canonized a saint in 2014.
Pope John Paul II wrote, “Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren, I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful”.