There are numerous reasons why women can't be
priests. For example...
* Old Testament precedent (God called only
Aaron's sons to be priests – women were forbidden to assume such
* New Testament precedent (Christ chose only male
apostles, even though he could have chosen his own Mother, the perfect
model of virtue, to be a priest if he had so desired)
* According to Scripture, women are in a state of
subjection (see Gen. 3:16, 1 Cor. 11:3, 1 Tim. 2:11, Ti. 2:5, Eph.
5:22-24, Col. 3:18), therefore "she can have no spiritual
jurisdiction" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest
theologian in the history of the Church")
* Women can't perform priestly duties without
violating Scriptural precepts (e.g. 1 Cor. 14:32-37,1 Tm. 2:8-15)
* The Church has formally ruled that women are
incapable of receiving the sacrament of Holy Orders (this ruling has
characteristics of infallibility and is not subject to
change or further debate – in fact, the ruling requires the assent of
all the faithful)
* A priest acts "In Persona Christi" ("In the
Person of Christ") and since Christ is male, it would be impossible
for a woman to assume such a role
* Allowing "women priests" would confuse the
proper God-given role of the sexes (the priesthood is a fatherly role,
not a motherly role)
* Allowing "women priests" would put women over
men (which is contrary to Scripture, as indicated above)
* Also, practical level, many things about a
woman's nature may be problematic with regard to priestly ministry [a
less powerful/forceful voice, concerns regarding emotionality /
hormones, "excess compassion" regarding sins, tendency to gossip,
concern over appearance, effect of flattery, danger to her person
(e.g. when she is alone with men who are stronger than she is), etc.]
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