Some Philadelphia Catholics puzzled by Vatican statement

    A statement issued by the Vatican on Thursday that ordaining women as priests is as serious an offense as pedophilia was on the minds of some who headed to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia today.

    A statement issued by the Vatican on Thursday that ordaining women as priests is as serious an offense as pedophilia was on the minds of some who headed to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia today.

    The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
    The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

    After visiting the Cathedral, Ron Tomaso weighed in on the Vatican’s controversial position.

    “My two nephews were molested by men; they weren’t even priests. And their lives have been ruined since then.  So how could you compare that to ordinaining a woman as a priest?  A person wanting to be holy and good.  I just don’t see the comparison.  To me it’s like borderline insane.”

    Philadelphian Aileen Ryan had a different way of describing the Vatician’s statement.

    “It’s very sad. Very troubled with that statement.  It just doesn’t make any sense and borders on bizarre.”

    Ryan says women should be able to be priests.

    Another man leaving the Cathedral says he got a good education from nuns, but he’s not sure about having women as priests.

    He says maybe if people pray hard enough, the answers will come.

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