Is Pelosi stirring the pot?
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during an event at Georgetown University last week supported the idea that in the future women could become priests. While at the event Pelosi remarked that she had been “attracted” to the possibility of being a priest because of the power that was given to the clerical office. She then claimed she had been disappointed when Pope Francis had not permitted women to join the Catholic priesthood.
During a conversation with Rev. Jim Wallis, the director of the Georgetown University Center on Faith and Justice, Pelosi said the priests “have the power … of turning bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, that is real power” but that women did not get that same power by becoming nuns. She added that it might be the case that women will eventually be able to become priests as well. She claimed that this is a notion that should be considered and one that she had hoped the pope was going to consider.
Pope Francis had told America Magazine that the ordination of women presented “a theological problem.” When asked about why women could not be ordained, Pope Francis claimed that it was because of the “Petrine principle,” a reference to apostle Peter who is regarded as the first pope of Catholicism.
This is not the first time that Pelosi has questioned the hierarchy of the Catholic church. She had previously said that she had a “problem with my archbishop” for claiming that Pelosi should not be allowed to receive communion because of her stance on abortion.