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Nothing surprising here to me, but anyone who thinks Francis is some kind of "progressive" needs to rethink their position: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/02/world/europe/pope-francis-women-priests.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_nn_20161102&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=57825966&_r=0&referer= As the article indicates, I think Francis is throwing a bone to disaffected conservatives by this move. It changes nothing, but makes him look like a hardcore defender of tradition in the face of "wishy washy Protestants." The reasoning Francis cites is John Paul II, but I believe the real reason that women can never be priests stems from Aquinas by way of Aristotle calling women "mutilated men" who can't become "other Christs" in the Mass, which is found in the third part of the Summa. Of course, you can't say that in the public square, so instead we.get the circular reasoning of how women were never ordained in the past and therefore can't be ordained in the future.