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In September 2013, Pope Francis made a prophetic statement:  "With regards to the ordination of women, the Church has spoken and says “No” … that door is closed."    A door has, by definition, the potential to be opened again …  The particular door of women’s ordination is unlikely to be re-opened in my lifetime; not within the earth-bound limitations of this microcosm of here and now.  But in the eternal present of the eschatological church, Christ’s priesthood always has been, and always will be shared universally and without prejudice.  These designs look forward with hope and confidence to the day when the Church on earth reflects once more, with wonder and gratitude, this fullness of Christ and of Christ’s self-offering, even within the pilgrim band of Christ’s Church on earth.

263: Doors III    O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher ancient doors.  Let God enter.    Psalm 24

In September 2013, Pope Francis made a prophetic statement:  "With regards to the ordination of women, the Church has spoken and says “No” … that door is closed."    A door has, by definition, the potential to be opened again …  The particular door of women’s ordination is unlikely to be re-opened in my lifetime; not within the earth-bound limitations of this microcosm of here and now.  But in the eternal present of the eschatological church, Christ’s priesthood always has been, and always will be shared universally and without prejudice.  These designs look forward with hope and confidence to the day when the Church on earth reflects once more, with wonder and gratitude, this fullness of Christ and of Christ’s self-offering, even within the pilgrim band of Christ’s Church on earth.

261: Doors I      A very little key can open a very heavy door.  From Hunted Down by Charles Dickens

In September 2013, Pope Francis made a prophetic statement:  "With regards to the ordination of women, the Church has spoken and says “No” … that door is closed."    A door has, by definition, the potential to be opened again …  The particular door of women’s ordination is unlikely to be re-opened in my lifetime; not within the earth-bound limitations of this microcosm of here and now.  But in the eternal present of the eschatological church, Christ’s priesthood always has been, and always will be shared universally and without prejudice.  These designs look forward with hope and confidence to the day when the Church on earth reflects once more, with wonder and gratitude, this fullness of Christ and of Christ’s self-offering, even within the pilgrim band of Christ’s Church on earth.

262: Doors II   The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem Stable.   by Ralph W. Sockman