Pope Francis has reiterated the Catholic Church's stance on the issue of women priests.
He made this assertion recently when speaking to reporters aboard a plane taking him back to Rome from Sweden.
A Swedish female reporter had asked him if he thought the Catholic Church could allow women to be ordained as ministers in coming decades; in so far as the head of the Lutheran church who welcomed him in Sweden was a woman.
Pope Francis said: "St. Pope John Paul II had the last word on this and it stands, this stands." He was referring to a 1994 document by Pope John Paul that excluded woemn from being priests. The Vatican says this teaching is an infallible part of the Catholic church.
Even when the reporter pressed further by saying, "But forever, forever? Never, never?
The Pope responded: "If we read carefully the declaration by St. John Paul II, it is going in that direction."
The Catholic Church teaches that women cannot be ordained priests becasue Jesus only chose men to be His apostles.