The Pope (once again) says women weren't meant for priesthood

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Pope Francis said the Catholic church is still opposed to women being ordained as priests, and it doesn't look like that's ever going to change.

While visiting Sweden, the Pope told the press the matter was settled in 1994, saying, "Saint Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this, and it stands."

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"Hatred is not to be carried in the name of God! War is not to be waged in the name of God!"

October 8, 2014, St. Peter’s Square

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"Women in the church are more important than bishops and priests."

June 28, 2013, on a flight to Rome

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"Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits — but no."

January 19, 2015, on a flight to Rome

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"I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful ... I see the church as a field hospital after battle."

September 30, 2013, interview, America magazine

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"I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation."

October 1, 2013, interview, La Repubblica newspaper

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"Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the ‘culture of waste.’ If a computer breaks it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs and dramas of so many people end up being considered normal."

June 5, 2013, St. Peter’s Square

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"Perhaps you were mad, perhaps plates flew, but please remember this: never let the sun go down without making peace! Never, never, never!"

February 14, 2014, St. Peter’s Square

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"Do you open your hearts to the memories that your grandparents pass on? Grandparents are like the wisdom of the family, they are the wisdom of a people."

October 26, 2013, St. Peter’s Square

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"True love is both loving and letting oneself be loved. It is harder to let ourselves be loved than it is to love." 

January 18, 2015, Manila, Philippines

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"Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads ... to those who have quit or are indifferent."

September 30, 2013, interview, America magazine

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Pope John Paul II's justification for the ban was that Jesus selected 12 men to be his apostles and zero women, setting a precedent for how the church should proceed in the future.

Some women were hopeful for some new openings in the church when the pope announced a commission would look into the historical role of female deacons in the Catholic church. But even then, the pope said that commission wasn't going to bring about any major changes.

Some Catholic women are upset their fight for equality is falling on deaf ears at the Vatican. They argue that adding women to the clergy could be a shot in the arm for Catholicism, which is already dealing with a waning number of priests.

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