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My own translation of an entry in the journal of Julien Green:

"There was no woman among the Apostles chosen by Christ. There will not, therefore, be women priests in the Catholic Church, as the Holy Father has decided, with no discussion possible. I have nothing to say. I obey. To make my confession to a woman would seem strange to me, except in a case of mortal danger when only a woman would have been able to come to my assistance. For the moment, I don't foresee it happening. Upon reflection, however, I would have been able to make my confession to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux because of her solid Norman good sense, and her very big heart. Equally to Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus because of her immense knowledge of beings, of the good and the evil, which are in all of us, and of the strange ways of the demon. To Saint Teresa of Avila, specialist in the ironies of destiny, lucid, but quick to smile. Here, then, are quite some women."

Julien Green
Pourquoi suis-je moi
Journal 1993-1996,
p. 173

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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