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Ann Penick and Marellen Mayers, two Maryland women who became Catholic priests in a maverick ordination in a Protestant church in Catonsville in 2011, spoke about Pope Francis' comments that women could not be priests. "I was very encouraged by what Pope Francis has said about the poor and the marginalized and by what he said about [gay and lesbian] people," Penick wrote in an email. "However, I was deeply saddened by what he said about the ordination of women." Mayers said she was not surprised, but she expressed hope the pope would "be a good listener" and become open to the idea of a more inclusive priesthood.
June 5, 2011