Here is the news report: Did Pope Francis Just Pave the Way for Women Priests?
First of all, the holy Pontiff was only talking about women deacons, not women priests. The news media, as usual, distorted the Pope’s comments.
Second, he only said he would appoint an official commission to study the question of women deacons. At a conference, a nun asked the Pope:
“Why not construct an official commission that might study the question?”
“Constituting an official commission that might study the question?” Francis asked. “I believe yes. It would do good for the church to clarify this point. I am in agreement. I will speak to do something like this.”
But my third point is that Pope Francis is not like other recent Pontiffs. He is liberal, not conservative. He wishes to reform the Church, by making changes in discipline and by clarifying doctrine. He also has stated that he wishes to give women a greater role in the Church. So I believe that Pope Francis will decide two things:
(1) to teach that the Church has the authority to ordain women as deacons (not as priests),
(2) to institute the necessary changes to discipline and law in the Church, so that women will be ordained as deacons.
And my prediction is that all this will unfold this calendar year: 2016.
If you think that traditionalists and some conservatives were very upset at Amoris Laetitia, well, you’ve never seen them very upset. I thought that the Synod and Amoris Laetitia might precipitate a schism. But it only seems to have moved some traditionalists and conservatives to greater animosity, not outright schism. But the ordaining of women deacons will be absolutely unacceptable to Catholics on the far right. They will accuse Pope Francis of heresy, and will depart from communion with the one true Church.
Pope Saint John Paul II infallibly taught, in the document Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, that Jesus did not give His Church the authority to ordain women to the priesthood. And since a Bishop is a kind of priest, and a Pope is a kind of Bishop, women cannot be priest, Bishop, or Pope in the Church. When Christ returns, he can possibly give the Church the authority to ordain women as priests. But until then, the Church has neither the authority, nor the ability.
But ordaining women to the diaconate is an open question. Deacons do not administer any Sacrament, other than Baptism and marriage, and these are the same two Sacraments that any layman or laywoman can possibly administer, in extraordinary cases. So the teaching that women cannot be priests does not apply to the diaconate. It is a separate question.
My theological opinion is that the Church does have the authority to ordain women as deacons. And my prediction is that Pope Francis will teach the same, and will approve of the ordination of women deacons.
See my book In Defense of Pope Francis for my lengthy explanation as to why no Pope can ever commit the sins of apostasy, heresy, or schism, and no Pope can ever teach heresy. Pope Francis cannot possibly be a heretic, nor can he possibly teach heresy. So if he decides to teach that women can be ordained as deacons, it is the truth in Christ. If anyone rejects Pope Francis, accusing him of heresy for this or any other reason, that person commits the sin of schism and falls under the sentence of automatic excommunication from the one true Church.
See my past posts on this subject here.
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