Well I am in the wee hours of Thursday here and I am not sure how much is left in the tank, but I will give it a go. The way I come at this subject is to first ask myself--"is there any thing that a Priest is called upon to do that can not be performed by a Woman?" For the life of me I cannot think of one thing. Surely there is nothing so complicated about the running of a Parish, performing Liturgical functions or general Pastoral care that is of such a nature that only a man can carry it out. Is the performing of the "Sacred Mysteries" i.e. the Eucharist only suitable for Male participation? The Church clearly teaches that the power of Transubstantiation is conferred by Ordination it is not a question of upon whom the Ordination is conferred. So again what's the problem here.
Well the Leadership of the Church, as DISTINCT FROM THE ENTIRE CHURCH AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD, says that Jesus in choosing twelve MALE Apostles has settled the matter. Divine origination precludes any discussion. Even if it wanted to(that will be the day) the Church Leadership has no power in the matter, its hands are tied. So much for "whatever you bind and LOOSE on earth" will be accepted in Heaven. The question here is, WHAT JESUS, was at work in the recruiting of the Apostles, the Human or the Divine? The Leadership seems to say it was the Divine as opposed to Jesus as a First Century 2nd Temple Jew in human form doing what came natural---- following Jewish Tradition in assigning leadership.
We have many examples of Jesus' inclusiveness when it came to women in his ministry. The Leadership says the fact that Jesus, contrary to this inclusiveness, specifically excluded Women from his selection of the Apostles is a clear DIVINE message that when it came to the Priesthood, Women were not to be included-----to which I say Why? Why would God in the person of Jesus Christ, who made BOTH, I REPEAT BOTH, MAN and WOMAN IN HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS establishing a FUNDAMENTAL EQUALITY BETWEEN THE TWO, come to First Century Judea and by his actions in first apostleship say in effect "well you know what I told you in Genesis about Man and Woman in my Image that's not exaxtly what I meant. Man is a little more in my Image than Woman so no Priesthood for Woman." Really? Is that how God works? Jesus' recruiting of the "first twelve" is merely the reflection of his Jewishness-his humanity- and a TRADITION that falls squarely within the POWER OF THE KEYS to change.
There is not a Shred of evidence in Scripture that assigns DIVINE INTENTION TO THE ACTIONS OF JESUS with regard to his selection of the Twelve Apostles and there is NO AFFIRMATION ANY WHERE in the Patristic Fathers either by way of Biblical exegesis or assigning the weight of Tradition that lends itself to the correctness of Rome's current stance in this matter.Now having said this I suspect that Matthew Broderick will show up here waving Paul's Pastoral Epistles in my face to show the subservient role of Women in the Church as part of God's Plan. I am tired and will not go there right now except to say, one will have to go far, to even begin to convince me, that Paul even wrote those Epistles in the first place. Women in the Priesthood is the horror of horrors of a Church Leadership dominated by men whose CULTURE, CUSTOM and TRADITION keeps them by their own choice, in a time long since past its relevance. Trying to pin a Male Only Priesthood on God is beyond stupid, it is insulting to the intelligence of the Faithful and an AFFRONT TO THE GOOD LORD.
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