Bishop Feige of Magdeburg, Germany holds that the question of women’s ordination is open, katholisch.de reports. “It is no longer persuasive to reject it rigorously and to argue only from tradition,” he said.
The bishop considers it unlikely that women will be ordained priests at the present time, because it would not be accepted by many Catholics and would break the unity of the church. “But on the other hand, it will come,” he said. “Just a bit ago I could not have thought this.”
Citing Pope Francis, he said that the teaching of the church is not to be preserved without allowing its further development.
Bishop Feige notes that obligatory celibacy is not a divine obligation. He also advocates a changed profile of the priest. They should be “less archaic-middle class” and more “dynamic-alternative.”