http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/12/world/...ons/index.html

So apparently Pope Francis is in favor of having the Vatican investigate early female Church leaders. Possibly as a prelude to opening up Deacon positions to women. Deacons don't carry all the roles of a full priest but they do carry a number of them and this would be an interesting step by the Church to take. Also less likely to have a massive number of clerics start subscribing to the "Empty Seater" ideology than going straight for full induction to the clergy.