No, not that Pope. I’m referring to Dr. Stephen Pope, head of the theology department at Boston College, a Jesuit institution. At a conference calling for women’s ordination at Harvard Divinity School, Pope implied that the Church’s teaching is a mere regulation that will change.
“I don’t think that women need to wait for the Vatican to change its regulation restricting ordination to males,’’ he said, ‘‘before they can exercise significant power and responsibility within the church.’‘
Okay, so he doesn’t come right out and say it, but he is speaking at a conference which has the stated purpose of promoting women’s ordination. And you’d think that the head of the theology department at a major Catholic college would know that the Pope’s teaching on the matter has been declared an exercise of the infallible teaching office of the Supreme Pontiff. That was made clear by this statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Pope’s original teaching is in the document Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.