Pope Francis says women priests will not be allowed in the Catholic Church.
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At a news conference on Tuesday, Pope Francis confirmed that the Catholic ban on women priests will likely stand forever.
The Pope previously said while he is not open to ordaining women priests, he indicated there might be a possibility.
In August, he created a special commission to study the role of women deacons in the Catholic Church, which continued to raise hopes for those in favor of women's ordination.
The pope now says his position is not up for debate.
"In relation to the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, this is clear. Saint John has given it and this remains," said Pope Francis.
Pope John Paul II wrote an apostolic letter in 1994 declaring that the Catholic Church has no authority to ordinate women priests. He was canonized as a saint in 2004.