(RNS) — In The Atlantic, James Carroll asserts that abolishing the priesthood in the Catholic Church is the only way to defeat the clericalism he blames for the sex abuse crisis. But as in other revolutions, a new cadre would simply replace the old guard.
NEW YORK (AP) — Even with extensive grassroots support for letting women become priests, Pope Francis and the Vatican's male-dominated hierarchy have stressed repeatedly that a men-only priesthood is a divine mandate that cannot be changed.
(RNS) One of the Catholic Church’s traditional arguments against the priestly ordination of women revolves around Jesus of Nazareth being a man. But the authors of the Christian Scriptures would never have understood that logic.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — 'St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands,' Francis said.
"Any time you begin to break down one barrier, you see others crumble more," said a proponent of women's ordination.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) "It would do good for the church to clarify this point," the pontiff told nuns who asked whether a historic breakthrough on ordaining women was possible.
ROME (RNS) But security agencies protecting the pope on his upcoming U.S. trip know they can’t “put him in a bubble, and he doesn’t want to be in a bubble,” says Kenneth F. Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.
(RNS) But the Boston archbishop, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, said the Vatican needs a system of accountability and must “avoid crowd-based condemnations.”
(RNS) The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests gathers this month to discuss an agenda for church reform. They point to support among the laity as well as inspiration from the top: Pope Francis.
(RNS) A long-running struggle between church authorities and the Rev. Roy Bourgeois over the Catholic priest’s support for ordaining women has ended with Bourgeois’ dismissal from the priesthood and his religious order, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. By David Gibson.