Originally Posted by Karenwith4
But it keeps coming back to the women who want to do something different than the behind the scenes stuff. Why can't they choose their role based on their calling?
I am not trying to be difficult. I just haven't seen an answer that addresses that.
is an answer to part of your question:
he primary thing to remember is that priesthood is not simply a matter of service (although it does entail service). It is a matter of configuration to the person of Christ so that the priest may represent Christ to the people.
He is an alter Christi (i.e., "another Christ") who acts in the person of Christ (i.e., in persona Christi). Because of the Incarnation, Christ chose to become a man, specifically a human man. Man, a human man, is the proper "matter" for the priesthood, just as wheat bread and grape wine are the proper matter for the Eucharist
. Just as potato chips and beer cannot be confected into the body and blood of Christ, so a woman cannot be "confected" into a Christian priest.
Another interesting article: CATHOLIC WOMEN—A CASE OF OPPRESSION?
"Catholic women have not all been saints, but ever since Mary Magdalene’s first report to the apostles, many have been lively witnesses of their faith and have known themselves a crucial part of Christ’s ministry. Running to tell the apostles of the Resurrection, Mary Magdalene—who knew she was not a priest—chivvied the clergy into action, something many Catholic women have done since.
All the pagan religions of Christ’s day had priestesses. If, as some claim, Christ was conditioned by social patterns, he would most certainly have ordained women. He had many women followers, any one of whom might have been a candidate. But he acted in sovereign freedom. In choosing only men he knew exactly what he was doing. God does not make mistakes. It is crude and absurd to suggest—as some campaigners do—that Christ somehow pines from heaven that he did not live in the 1990s with affirmative action programs and equal opportunity laws. Every possible aspect of the Incarnation was timed to the last split second: Christ’s arrival in the womb of Mary, the start of his ministry at Cana when she told us, "Do whatever he tells you."When God became man, when the word became flesh, it was as a male. And the Church was to be his bride
. There is a mystery here concerning maleness and femaleness. Catholic women have benefited from a culture which recognizes the meaning of womanhood. In a remote convent where he was imprisoned during Stalin’s time, Poland’s primate Stephan Cardinal Wyszinski, wrote in his diary:
"I must remember: Whenever a woman enters the room, always rise no matter how busy you are. Rise, whether it is the Mother Superior, or Sister Kleofasa, who tends the heater. Remember that she always reminds you of the Handmaid of the Lord, at the sound of whose name the Church also rises. Remember that in this way you pay a debt of respect to your Immaculate Mother, with whom this woman is more closely associated than you. In this way you pay a debt towards your own mother, who served you with her own flesh and blood.
Rise without delay, and you will be the better for it." "
I have more articles that I have found... if you are interested!