03.01.2013 09:28 AM

Female cardinals!?

Now that is a good idea.


  1. Anne Peterson says:

    Yes! Female priests and married priests too, I would think. Although it’s none of my business.

  2. Ted H says:

    They already have a bunch of old men wearing lace doilies, might as well include some women too.

    And, how about this treatment of Hildegard of Bingen:

    On 10 May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI extended the liturgical cult of St. Hildegard to the entire Roman Catholic Church in a process known as “equivalent canonization,”thus laying the groundwork for naming her a Doctor of the Church.

    On 7 October 2012, the feast of the Holy Rosary, the Pope named her a Doctor of the Church, the fourth woman of 35 people given that title by the Roman Catholic Church. He called her “perennially relevant” and “an authentic teacher of theology and a profound scholar of natural science and music.”

    Would be appropriate to have some living women honoured the same way.

  3. John says:

    I think there would be a lot fewer problems within the Catholic Church if women were allowed to be priests and all priests were allowed to marry.

  4. Bluegreenblogger says:

    Isn’t there a historical precedent for a female Cardinal? I guess that current canonical law would prohibit it, but laws were made to be changed. I wonder that the Church hasn’t done more to make women more visible, and increase their influence within the church hierarchy. Apart from anything else, they are cutting themselves off from half the talented people in the Human race. I figure, if some women become Saints, then God is perfectly content to be influenced directly by women. (A Saint being someone who is proven to be able to interceded with god through the production of miracles). The Catholic Church is essentially a conservative hierarchy, but conservative does not mean it never changes, just that it changes cautiously. Every few centuries though, change sweeps the world in which it exists, and the Church has proven itself able to adapt rapidly, when there is sufficient cause. (Like when the Reformation was sweeping it into the dustbin of history, lol)

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