BELGIAN Cardinal Godfried Danneels, seen as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II, argued in favour of appointing women to the Roman Catholic clergy in remarks published on a Dutch religious website today.
“Two of my substitutes are women. I therefore cannot see why a women could not lead a Catholic congregation,” said the cardinal, who is also archbishop of Brussels, in remarks quoted by the Katholiek Nederland website.
“Today the power structure within the church is male, but it does not necessarily have to remain that way,” he said.
“Even if the Church is clearly male in its composition… we do not refer to ‘Our Father the Church’ but to ‘Our Mother the Church’,” he said, stressing that the Catholic church had certain inherently “feminine” aspects.
In a small way I would almost want to see one of the progressives become the next Pope. Just to see the hissy fit that the National Catholic Reporter and those of that ilk would have when none of their agenda items happens. When the Pope does not declare that women can be priest, or that homosexual acts are not grave sins, or that contraception and abortion are licit.