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September 20, 2013



It's interesting that Francis' remarks on the status of women in the Church have received so little notice. The mellow attitude he displays toward the gay guys is notably missing. For those paying attention he has not only closed the discussion on the ordination of women but sat on the lid. In this most recent interview he warns darkly of the perils of "female machismo" and says "we must not confuse the function with the dignity" (e.g. You still have "dignity" even if we only use you for the heavy cleaning). He points to the cult of Mary as proof of how important women are in the Church. These are all talking points from his recent predecessors - only they would have gotten nailed for them. He does talk of a different role for women in the Church, but in vague terms.

Still, it's mostly good news. But right now he's mostly talking tactics. We'll see what happens when the rubber hits the road.

John Petty

I haven't read any of his comments on women. I'm skeptical too, but, so far, he's exceeded my expectations by quite a bit.

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