Women at the Vatican: Photo CNS/Paul Haring
Acknowledging that women can be leaders in the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said it wasn’t enough to “recover” their role in the church, calling for the promotion of women.
Catholic News Stories published his remarks, along with some additional context, and an interesting passage where the Pope articulates differences between spiritual directors and confessors.
From the article:
It’s not easy,” the pope said. “A spiritual director is one thing and a confessor is another. I go to a confessor, say what my sins are, feel condemned, then he forgives everything and I go forward.
“But with a spiritual director, I have to talk about what is in my heart. The examination of conscience isn’t the same for confession and for spiritual direction,” he said. “For confession, I have to look at where I was lacking, where I lost patience, if I was greedy — that kind of thing, those concrete things that are sinful.
“But in spiritual direction, I must examine what is happening in my heart, where the Spirit is moving, if I felt desolation or consolation, if I am tired, why I am sad: These are things to talk about with the man or woman who is my spiritual director,” he said.
Do you think the RC Church will ever ordain women? Do you think it could happen in the near future?
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