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Francis latest interview. Feminists won’t be pleased....

The Holy Father had an interview with the Italian daily Il Messaggero.  It isn’t all that revelatory and I suspect that not too many people will be excited about it.

There is little more statism in it. One thing to note, however, is that our feminists are not going to be happy with this interview.  Not one little bit.

Here is the section about women in the  Church (my trans.):

M: If you will permit a criticism…

Francis: Of course…

M: You speak, perhaps, little about women, and when you speak about them you take on on issue only from the point of view of motherhood, woman as spouse, woman as mother, etc.  But women by now are heads of state, multinationals, armies.  What posts can women hold in the Church, according to you?

Francis: Women are the most beautiful things that God created.  The Church is woman.  Church is a feminine word [in Italian].  One cannot do theology without this femininity.  You are right that we don’t talk about this enough.  I agree that there must be more work on the theology of women.  I have said that we are working in this sense.

M: Isn’t there a certain misogyny at the base of this?

Francis: The fact is that woman was taken from a rib … (he laughs strongly).  I’m kidding, that’s a joke.  I agree that the question of women must be explored more deeply, otherwise one cannot understand the Church herself.

M: Can we expect some historic decisions from you, along the lines of a woman head of a dicastery [Vatican department], if not of Clergy

Francis: (laughs), Beh, many times priests wind up under the thumb of their housekeepers… [le perpetue... are "housekeepers because in Manzioni's I promessi sposi, don Abondio's housekeeper was named "Perpetua"]

So, feminists and the promoters of women’s ordination get nothing and then, again, nothing.

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He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

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