Pope has already spoken on ordination of women

A Nov. 25 letter writer wonders what Pope Francis’ response would be to the question of women’s ordination. The pope answered that on the plane coming back from World Youth Day. He said: “With reference to the ordination of women, the church has spoken and says, ‘no.’ ” Pope John Paul II said it, but with a definitive formulation: “That is closed, that door.” John Paul made that definitive statement in 1994, almost 20 years ago. Many aspects of our culture are a mess. Many families are falling apart. Can we please put our energies and focus into these critical issues?

Being a priest is important in the Catholic Church, but it is not the most important thing. The most important thing is being a saint, and the church has recognized thousands of women who have been canonized as examples of heroic virtue. One of the outstanding and common virtues of saints is their humble obedience. It may be very hard to humbly accept the fact that only men can be priests, but God put all of us here for a reason and if we turn to him in prayer, we will find the reason for our lives.

Francis also said, “We need to make a profound theology of the woman. This is what I think.” Let’s give Francis a chance to do this and see where he will lead us as we journey through this life to, hopefully, sainthood in the next.

Mary Roaldi