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ROME (RNS) “It is simply not a realistic possibility that the pope will name female cardinals for the consistory in February," the Vatican's chief spokesman said.


    • This, I presume, is meant to suffice as an expression of intelligent discussion of an issue.

      • Calling out a comment for not adding to the discussion does not add to the discussion.

        Besides, there’s accuracy to Zolicon’s comment. It’s a patriarchal system, and by granting women positions of power such as a cardinal, that would throw the whole system towards balance.

        • Patrick, I’ll agree that there’s room near the top in the Vatican Curia for female “prefects,” as these postholders are titled. There’s no reason why a woman cannot head up the Secretariat of State, at least that portion of it that is concerned with diplomatic relations with other states. Likewise the dicastry that deals with Vatican finances or the one that overseas liturgical rites. There’s no reason why Holy Orders is a requirement to fill some of these posts.

          The first poster made a sarcastic comment, and I see no need to apologize for replying in kind. We all ought to contribute something of substance. Throw-away one-liners add nothing.