Re "Pope urges reforms to modernize church" (Page A10, Oct. 2): If the Pope really wanted to modernize the Church he could ditch the 2,000-year-old policy of subordinating women by refusing to allow them ordination as priests.
One Pope "clarified" the issue in 1994 and a second Pope set it in stone so the all-male priesthood in the Church doesn't even have to discuss it now. This policy rests on Jesus refusal to appoint a woman disciple, even his own mother.
But women weren't highly valued in the first century. If he was walking the earth today Jesus would surely select a woman. Women have enormous value in our society today. And who knows, if God had sent his child to us today maybe it would have been a daughter.
-- John West, Sacramento