(Continued from above.)
[quote=Zoomie]Some of the female priests I have known have been very good in the performance of their duties. Others have been utter embarrassments. But then I can say the same for a few of the male priests I have known.
The 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.
Some male priests may be a disgrace to their priesthood, but their legitimacy as priests is not dependent upon personal holiness. In the same way, even faithful women “priests” do not become priests simply because they are personally sincere and faithful according to the light that they have.
In short, when you are told that a particular scriptural passage appears to support something that Christian tradition has never held it to support, check it out against parallel Scripture passages and against Christian tradition. It is likely that the person making the claim is trying to use the Bible to justify an agenda, rather than drawing from the Bible clarity on what Christianity teaches.
Women and the Priesthood
Ordination Is Not a Right by Mark P. Shea
Why No Women’s Ordination by Michael J. Tortolani