In the Catholic Church, women are not allowed to be priests. According to religious doctrine, priests embody the persona of Jesus Christ, and because Jesus was a man, this law can never be changed.
In 2016, Pope Francis said he didn't think women would ever be allowed to enter the priesthood. He essentially pointed to the decisions of former Pope John Paul II, without fully addressing the issue.
Will it ever be possible for women to become Catholic priests? Watch today's Seeker Daily video to learn more.
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Reuters: Pope says he believes ban on female priests is forever
Pew Research: The divide over ordaining women
Vatican: APOSTOLIC LETTER ORDINATIO SACERDOTALIS