n an interesting speech, Pope Francis urged 800 nuns representing international women’s congregations to be mothers and not spinsters.
1 : a woman whose occupation is to spin2: a: archaic: an unmarried woman of gentle family b: an unmarried woman and especially one past the common age for marrying3 : a woman who seems unlikely to marry
I don’t think The Pope is telling nuns not to spin. Nor is he telling nuns to get married of have children. He wants them to be chaste mothers. And if you think that’s impossible, just remember Maria, the virgin mother of Jesus Christ, provides us with the precedent. But in case they can’t achieve immaculate conception, The Pope is fine with a spiritual, if not physical motherhood, or as he describes it,
“a fertile chastity, a chastity which produces spiritual children within the Church…. The ordained woman is a mother, she must be a mother and not a spinster! You are mothers, like the figures of Mary and the Mother Church…. It is not possible to understand Mary without maternity, nor the Church without motherhood.”