Thursday, March 16, 2017

80% of U.S. Catholics Comfortable with Female Priests or Pastors

According to a newly released survey by the Barna Group, 79 percent of Americans are comfortable with a female priest or pastor.

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/03/15/new-study-reveals-what-most-americans-believe-about-female-pastors-priests/



Bridget Mary's Response: It is good news for our movement that 80% of Catholics in the U.S. welcome women priests. We do not compete with male priests, but serve as partners and equals with all in our inclusive communities where we are already bringing the "feminine dimension" to the church! Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org, sofiabmm@aol.com

"Interestingly, an overwhelming majority of Catholics — 80 percent — expressed being comfortable with female priests and pastors, despite the fact that in November, Pope Francis indicated that women will likely never be ordained as priests, the Guardian reported
“Saint Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this, and it stands, this stands,” Francis said, referring to a 1994 document describing the priestly ordination as for “men alone.”
When asked by a Swedish journalist if that declaration would last forever, the pope said: “If we read carefully the declaration by Saint John Paul II, it is going in that direction.”
Francis went on to say women do “many other things better than men,” emphasizing what he described as the “feminine dimension of the church.”
Sixty-two percent of those Barna called “practicing Christians” expressed openness about female pastors and priests."

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