Could Pope Francis make women cardinals?

THE idea is circulating in Catholic circles after a Spanish newspaper quoted Juan Arias, a former priest from Brazil, saying that the idea of Francis appointing women cardinals “is not a joke. It’s something that Pope Francis has thought about before: naming a woman cardinal.”

Pope Francis has said repeatedly that he wants to see greater roles for women in the Catholic Church, and some now argue that he could take a giant step in that direction by appointing women to the College of Cardinals – the group that elects popes.

The concept has been given coverage in Italian media and a senior US Jesuit has even started a Facebook page soliciting nominees for the first female cardinal – including the name of Maryanne Loughry, associate director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Australia .

Last year, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was asked during an interview on Catholic television whether a woman could be named a cardinal. Dolan agreed that it was “theoretically” possible.

some senior Catholics have suggested that it would be possible for the church to name women as cardinals without changing the church’s teaching regarding the ordination of only men to the priesthood.

The ball is rolling. Watch this space.

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9 thoughts on “Could Pope Francis make women cardinals?

  1. God I hope so!

    This is no joke, one day I was introduced to a little old Italian lady at our parish church and she was lovely. You know, she told the friend that introduced us that I reminded her of a priest. I was bowled over—I still am whenever I recall that day many years ago.

    God gives His gifts without reservation and I am convinced that He does not discriminate on the basis of gender but that MAN does. God has given each of us a special calling. He already knows what we are capable of accomplishing for His glory. Surely in the Spirit we are all one?

    If a little old Italian lady who knows nothing about me, but on one brief meeting can see in the Spirit that I resemble a priest, then surely she must be seeing with God’s eyes! I know so many amazing, gifted women of God who were never given a chance in the Church to reach their full potential because we live in a patriarchal world and religious system. Can you see why I love Yentl? 😆

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    • Ever wonder why god never describes himself as a woman?
      But he might qualify y’know: HE was never given a chance in the Church to reach his full potential either. ……

      and he DOES chuck pms-type wobblies. 🙂

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      • Could you have ever imagined Dabs,

        That men would experience PMS symptoms too simply by deciding that God made a mistake with their gender and thus by going through the gender reassignment process and taking female hormones, they too could have an excuse for behaving badly. 😯

        Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined anything like this!

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      • awww…I dunno, Mon.
        On this very blog I’ve learnt about some of your “wildest dreams”. 😉

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    • So davinci,

      Why ask? You’ve already judged me, Bryan and many of the regulars here as being quasi Christians compared to your most exalted and enlightened self.

      So folks, cast your eyes on davinci, the poster boy of true Christianity here. Can you feel the love? Does he make you want to become a Christian? No?

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      • Exactly Bryan!

        The fact that the role of ‘Cardinal’ is not even a biblical precept and is a relatively late development in Catholicism makes davinci’s challenge/rebuke to me even more ridiculous. In fact, there isn’t even any biblical basis for the priesthood in general which we find today in the Roman Catholic Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Episcopal and other traditions.

        “Those in the Church who support the idea of a clergy class talk about the Greek term presbuteros. For example in Titus:1:5 he says, “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you” —Elders being in the Greek, presbuteros.

        Now there’s another word in the Greek for priest. This doesn’t mean priest, it just means minister. And it doesn’t mean minister in terms of a clergy class because in 1 Timothy:5:2 it talks about the elder women and the word elder is presbuteros. So you’ve got a problem. The Catholic Church can’t have it both ways. They can’t say this is the priestly class, presbuteros, or they’d have to start ordaining women. ”

        I am an ex-Catholic, so obviously I do not agree with their patriarchal Church hierarchy. But I certainly agree with God’s Word that, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28), and that God sovereignly calls, anoints and appoints into positions of leadership in His Church whomever He chooses to, be they male or female, whether you agree with Him or not davinci.

        And heaven forbid, horror of horrors, God has even publicly ordained me! So I suggest that you go and have it out with the Boss if you don’t like it davinci.

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