Speaking to a Swedish journalist on Tuesday, Pope Francis established that women would never serve as a priests in the Roman Catholic church.
The Guardian‘s full report:
“The declaration is not a change in stance for the Argentinian pope, who has always said the door was closed on women being ordained as priests.
But when he was asked and then pressed on the matter by a Swedish journalist during a press conference onboard the papal plane, Francis suggested the ban would be eternal.
“Saint Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands,” Francis said in his initial response, referring to a 1994 document stating that women could never join the priesthood.”