07.29.1311:48 AM ET

Gays Are Fine, but No Women Priests

Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church’s hold on female priests.

No women preiests need apply. While opponents and supporters sound off on Pope Francis’s assertion that he has no place to “judge” the acts and lifestyle of gay men and women, there is still no conversation about his statement that women are still barred from the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. This marked the first time Pope Francis has spoken publicly about women as priests. He said, “The church has spoken and says no ... that door is closed.” The pope contended he would like women to have more roles as leaders in administration and pastoral activities. The Roman Catholic Church, according to USA Today, has been under fire for its all-male priesthood—especially from Protestants who have ordained women in the church.