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Pope Francis Will Not Appoint Women as Cardinals Comments

A senior Vatican spokesman has denied rumors that Pope Francis may appoint two women as cardinals at the upcoming February conclave. Theologically and theoretically, it is possible," Fr. Lombardi said. "Being a cardinal is one of those roles in the church for which, theoretically, you do not have to be ordained but to move from there to suggesting the pope will name women cardinals for the next consistory is not remotely realistic." Continue Reading

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  1. Andy
    10 months ago

    I believe the author is not ignoring Canon law - but in recognition that Canon law is procedural, not doctrinal - it can be changed. As Reese points out, it was changed in 1917, and again in 1965. However, the all male priesthood is theological - not just Canonical. Therefore, it can not be changed. Not everything a Pope does or says is infallible, and Canon law is not infallible. It is a code, which can be changed to recognize the change of technology, communication, etc. I do not think Francis would change it - but if he does, and were to appoint female Cardinals - it still wouldn't please the liberals as they would not be happy with any woman he would choose. It would be an interesting development, and perhaps reignite education in the Church. Thank you Reese for posting the reference.

  2. L Reese Cumming
    10 months ago

    Alright I'm confused. I went to WIKI to learn more about the title of Cardinal, and this is what I found....

    "Until 1917, it was possible for someone who was not a priest, but only in minor orders, to become a cardinal (see "lay cardinals", below), but they were enrolled only in the order of cardinal deacons. For example, in the 16th century, Reginold Pole was a cardinal for 18 years before he was ordained a priest. In 1917 it was established that all cardinals, even cardinal deacons, had to be priests, and, in 1962, Pope John XXIII set the norm that all cardinals be ordained as bishops, even if they are only priests at the time of appointment. As a consequence of these two changes, canon 351 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law requires that a cardinal be at least in the order of priesthood at his appointment, and that those who are not already bishops must receive episcopal consecration."

    "At various times, there have been cardinals who had only received first and minor orders but not yet been ordained as deacons or priests. Though clerics, they were inaccurately called “lay cardinals” and were permitted to marry. Teodolfo Mertel was among the last of the lay cardinals. When he died in 1899 he was the last surviving cardinal who was not at least ordained a priest. With the revision of the Code of Canon Law promulgated in 1917 by Pope Benedict XV, only those who are already priests or bishops may be appointed cardinals. Since the time of Pope John XXIII, a priest who is appointed a cardinal must be consecrated a bishop, unless he obtains a dispensation."

    Can someone untangle my confusion on whether a Cardinal needs to be ordained or not?

  3. Clinton C Somerton
    10 months ago

    I would not feel to smug about pressure on the Church to eliminate the distinction between men and women. The same spirit that promotes abortion and sexual perversions of every kind also attacks man in him most essential aspect: maleness and femaleness itself. The evil one's push to render the human race androgynous, thus eliminating the nature of man who is made "in the image of God" (Gen.1:27) will only intensify. The Church is the main target, so let us pray with humility, obedience, and courage that the Holy Spirit will sustain us in the epic battle for the heart of the Church and the future of humanity.


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