Letter from Rome: Deciding not to decide … for now

Why the pope has not ruled on married priests or women deacons
Letter from Rome: Deciding not to decide … for now

Pope Francis watches a performance by an indigenous boy during his visit to a children's home in the Peruvian city of Puerto Maldonado in January 2018. (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP)

In his new apostolic exhortation on the Church in the Amazonian region, Pope Francis has refused a request by bishops at last October's Synod assembly to formally approve the ordination of married priests and women deacons.

In Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon) the pope pretty much ignores these two issues altogether.

And this, of course, has provoked predictable responses throughout the variegated world of Roman Catholicism.

Traditionalists and doctrinal conservatives, for the most part, are breathing a sigh of relief. Some are even jumping for joy.

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