Holy Smoke

The battle over female Catholic priests has just begun

16 min listen

In This Episode

This week we heard the unfamiliar sound of one of the Catholic Church’s most influential cardinals turning the handle of a door that has remained firmly shut for 2,000 years. It’s marked ‘Catholic women priests’, a development – such is the pace of chaotic change under this pontificate – that is now a real long-term possibility. Pope Francis says he’s against this innovation, but he relentlessly promotes bishops who favour it. Until now, they’ve been discreet about their views. Now, to use a fashionable cliché, they’re saying the quiet bit out loud. As I point out in this episode of Holy Smoke, Catholic conservatives are confident that women will not – indeed, cannot – be ordained to the Catholic priesthood. Unfortunately for them, not just favoured cardinals but a majority of Mass-goers in the West think differently. 


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