This is kinda' funny.
Pope Francis today said that women can not be ordained Catholic priests. Well, you can't imagine the shock of such a pronouncement. But the reporter's follow up is priceless.
The Catholic Church's ban on female priests will stand forever, Pope Francis said Tuesday.I love the "Forever forever? Never, never?" It sounds like one of my kids when I say they can't sleep over a friend's house.
The pontiff made the declaration in response to a female reporter asking whether he thought women would one day serve as Catholic priests and bishops, noting the head of Sweden's Lutheran Church whom Francis met on his trip there is a woman.
"St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands," Francis said during a news conference aboard the papal plane on the flight back to Rome, according to Reuters.
The reporter then asked "Forever, forever? Never, never?"
"If we read carefully the declaration by St. John Paul II, it is going in that direction," the pope responded.
I would've felt a lot better if Pope Francis closed the door a wee bit harder on his last statement. I mean what does "going in that direction" actually mean anyway. But that's picking nits. Sorta.
I'm not sure how something this timeless becomes news but I guess the media expected a different answer. If only, they'd asked him on a plane. ;)