Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, regarded as a likely successor to Angela Merkel, accepted it would be an ‘immense break’ with tradition

Phyllis Zagano, a member of the Vatican commission on women deacons, said she couldn’t envisage women priests ‘at this point’

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Some writers warned of future internal strife in the Church, while others examined the historical precedents

The drive for radical ‘reform’ could actually prevent the laity from gaining a more prominent voice

Pope Francis said the question was ‘obscure’ and required study