11-Jul-11 - Portuguese Cardinal Clarifies Statements On Ordination Of Women: "Cardinal Jose Policarpo of Lisbon has issued a statement clarifying remarks he made on the ordination of women during an interview with the Portuguese Order of Lawyers.
In the statement published on July 6, Cardinal Policarpo said, "Reactions to this interview have forced me to look at this issue with greater care, and I realized that I provoked them, above all because I did not take into sufficient account the latest statements of the Magisterium on this issue."
The cardinal said that review led him to clearly explain his position "as bishop and pastor of the People of God."
Cardinal Policarpo's statement comes after a source at the Portuguese Bishops' Conference-who asked to remain unidentified because of the sensitivity of the situation-told CNA the cardinal does not in fact support the ordination of women, although "he was not accurate in speaking about the priesthood during a recent interview."
The source clarified that the reports claiming that the Patriarch of Lisbon is a supporter of women's ordination are based on "deliberately selective excerpts from an interview that in itself was unclear.""