Pope John has strongly re-affirmed the Catholic belief in the celibacy of priests and the barring of women from ordination into the clergy.
Pope John has strongly re-affirmed the Catholic belief in the celibacy of priests and the barring of women from ordination into the clergy. Speaking in Philadelphia on Thursday(4 October) he emphasised his stand against "false freedoms" on a day when he spent much of his time with fellow churchmen.
SYNOPSIS: Appropriately, the Pope began his day in church, the newly-built Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. kneeling before the altar, People John Paul blessed the cathedral as a congregation of three thousand looked on. Afterwards, he made a short speech, in Ukrainian in which he recalled " the countless Ukrainian martyrs, who in recent and more recent times gave up their lives rather than abandon their faith."
Later, in Philadelphia';s civic centre, his fellow churchmen demonstrated their faith-with song.
Then the Pope replied.
The message Pope John left in Philadelphia was one of re-affirmed faith in established Catholic ideals. He warned priests and nuns not to seek "false freedoms" and re-affirmed his opposition to priests marrying or women being ordained.
Another massive crowd assembled to see the Pope at his next stop, the Living History Farm in Des Moines Iowa. Here, in the heart of the American mid-West, Pope John Paul met local farmers and countryfolk, before moving on to Chicago, where yet again large crowds were already gathering to see him.