I have been full of admiration for Pope Francis during his U.S. trip. I thought his addresses to Congress, the United Nations and the U.S. bishops were excellent. But on the way home in the plane, during the press briefing, he addressed the issue of womens ordination. This is how it was reported by Joshua McElwee of the NCR:
“”Pope Francis has again forcefully rejected the possibility of female priests in the Catholic church, saying simply that his predecessor Pope John Paul II decided “that cannot be done.”
In response to a question during a press conference on his flight back to Rome late Sunday/early Monday after an historic ten-day trip to Cuba and the U.S., Francis said that while women may “have the capacity” to be priests John Paul clearly made a negative decision in that regard.