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Pope Francis remains adamant: There will be no female cardinals

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
December 17th, 2013
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It's officially a moot point. Pope Francis will not be appointing any female cardinals. Clearing up any doubts, the pope told the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa, "I don't know where this idea sprang from. Women in the Church must be valued not 'clericalized.' Whoever thinks of women as cardinals suffers a bit from clericalism."

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The news appears to rule out lay cardinals altogether. Pope Francis is apparently not willing to upend tradition when it comes to the College of Cardinals. Even though he is willing to take aim at clericalism in the church at some levels.

Surprises may still be in store, with possible other significant changes when Francis names new cardinals in the coming weeks, such as expanding the College and choosing more non-Curial members.

The most recent interview, despite this proclamation, is not as interesting as previous ones with Pope Francis. The pope at times seems somewhat defensive, trying to explain some of his previous statements.

Economic justice, Pope Francis says that "There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church. I wasn't speaking from a technical point of view, what I was trying to do was to give a picture of what is going on."

The pope further qualified his critique of the current global economy in his recent document on evangelization.

"The only specific quote I used was the one regarding the 'trickle-down theories' which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world.

"The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefiting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor.

"This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church's social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist," the pope explained.



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