I’m glad to see you have found these forums, as you said, they are a great place to find friendly apologists. Surly there are many people who will offer better and more Biblical answers, I’m more of a logical/rational thinker.
So, in this reguard, I see a couple topics that if adressed could help him get comfortable with Church teaching:
- Priesthood is ment to be the lowest servant career. They are not kings or royalty, but instead they are called to give their prayers, time, and energy to God in a more focused and perfectly humble way than others. Nothing remains truly their own. So, in some way, it is like the military not having women in front line combat, they are respecting them, not subdueing them. (I know it isn’t always that way, but priesthood perfectly lived is very humble indeed)
- It’s not the Church’s decision God decided, we just listen. If he is suggesting that Catholic specifically are choosing male priests in a prejudicial manner, that notion that God said it first may help. Look at how in the Old Testament God’s priesthood were all men. He always chose men to be the high priest. He can to earth in a male form. He chose all men as His apostles. And these men chosen and discipled by Him taught that only men could be priests. But again that doesn’t make men better. Mary has the highest position in the heavens of all creatures. Many women in the Bible were important figures. They saved the Jewish nation, they corrected the immoral, they seved as judges and prophets. They were/are very important…but they never serve as priests. God decided and we listen. The Church must be humble and do/teach as God directs or we fail to be His church.
And that’s mainly my arguement. Pride vs. humility. And historical/religous presidence. God make the world one way, we should accept that and listen. Not because we are lazy and don’t feel like arguing. Not because we are disinterested and just go throught the motions. But because obedience and humilty are greater virtues that all the courage, valor, indignation, or justice that Hollywood can whip up.