From the pope’s meeting with diocesan priests from Rome, via Zenit:
(T)he Holy Father also replied to a priest’s question about the role of women in the Church.
“The priesthood is a sacrament, not a power of which the Church can dispose at her pleasure,” he reportedly answered. “But new realms and roles might open for women in the Church.”
A reasonable middle ground in the face of grave sexism on one hand and in-your-face schism on the other. I think Catholics who have nothing other to say than “Women can’t be priests; Jesus said so,” have a considerable amount of additional work (not to mention explaining) to do. It would be better if those adamantly closed to ordaining women would just be silent if they can’t address the root issue: the role of women in the Church.
So good for Benedict on a start. “New realms and roles” should certainly be opened.