I just can't resist.....
I reconcile my feminism with Roman Catholicism this way:
1. When early Christianity became the Roman state religion, some concessions had to be made. Per usual, women got sold out. Paul's admonishments to women to cover their hair, keep quiet and let the menfolk talk was a wink wink nudge nudge to the Roman hierarchy that could accept monotheism, but would never accept women as anything near equals.
To me, RC and most Christian religions were built on a faulty foundation. Half of it is missing and we must work tirelessly to put it right - we owe it to Christ, who laid down his life for us. We must make the Church whole again.
2. Motherhood is predicated on an entirely biological imperative. Have sex at the right time, give birth *bam* you're a mama. Priesthood.... not so much. The equivalent to MOTHER is FATHER *not* PRIEST. One could make the argument that a priest is a type of father, but that is totally immaterial. The most sacred and essential actions he performs are not biologically based, but spiritually based, and, as we all very well know, in Christ there is no man or woman. So, I could easily argue that female priests would be called Mother, just like we call our male priests Father.
3. The priest caste, since the very beginning of religious thought and belief, has been extraordinarily powerful. They stood next to kings and were oftentimes the voice behind the throne. Mothers....not so much. Maybe a Queen here and there (if she had sons, of course), but not your average mother. In a Medieval village, a priest has considerable prestige over *men* , women, mothers, were an afterthought, at best.
4. Finally, the mental gymnastics necessary to literally interpret a *metaphor* are certainly impressive, but still rather ridiculous. Christ as Bridegroom with the Church as His bride was how He illustrated His intense Love and Passion for us. NOT a directive on how only men can be priests. I mean seriously - it's amazing how the most faithful can debase their Lord.
Jesus elevated women in ways never before imagined. It takes a hell of a lot of nerve to undo what He has done. Women may have been mothers since homo sapiens evolved, but Christ made us Human.