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Vatican debunks reports of female cardinals

Catholic World News - November 04, 2013

The Vatican has dismissed reports that Pope Francis could name women as cardinals.

Following the October 31 announcement that the Pope would elevate new members of the College of Cardinals at a consistory in February 2014, some journalists suggested that the Pontiff could include women among the new cardinals. But Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told reporters that possibility was remote.

“Theologically and theoretically, it is possible,” the Vatican spokesman said, explaining that it is conceivable someone not ordained to the priesthood could become a cardinal. But suggesting that a woman could be appointed in February “is not remotely realistic,” Father Lombardi said.

Speculation about a female cardinal was most intense in Ireland, where newspapers reported that Linda Hogan, a liberal theologian, was a likely candidate. London’s Sunday Times gave added credence to the report. But the suggestion of a red hat for Linda Hogan had not come from Vatican insiders; the story apparently had no basis other than a Facebook post by an American Jesuit, Father James Keenan, a theologian at Boston College with a history of support for liberal causes.

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  • Posted by: parochus - Nov. 05, 2013 12:06 PM ET USA

    Will someone please alert Fr Lombardi to can. 351?! The Canon says: “The Roman Pontiff freely selects men to be promoted as cardinals, who have been ordained at least into the order of the presbyterate [i.e., priest] and are especially outstanding in doctrine, morals, piety, and prudence in action; those who are not yet bishops must receive episcopal consecration [i.e., consecrated as a bishop].”

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Nov. 04, 2013 7:32 PM ET USA

    Of course, this is another example of the triumph of wishful thinking over reality. Get a life, guy.

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