[quote=monina]I am looking for some reasoned rebuttals/arguments/aplogia in response to questions posed by people supporting women in the priesthood.
Let me preface this discussion by saying: I understand that this is a non-negotiable issue. The Church has spoken definitively on the subject and the purpose of this thread is not to convince others that the Church must change its position.
I only want reasoned responses to their objections to Church teaching (a reasoned response is NOT: “because the Church says so!” This will never convince a pro-priestess advocate to examine and change her position).
Some arguments supporters of priestesses have posited:
*]If only men can be priests because the priest is a bridegroom, why can men be members of the Church, which is the Bride of Christ? Shouldn’t it follow then that men cannot be part of the Bride of Christ? It seems disingenuous to say:
*Priest= Bridegroom (must be Male) *
Church= Bride (can be both Male and Female).
*]If only men can be priests because Jesus only ordained men, why not follow other characteristics/permutations of the original apostles? Why focus only on their gender?
example: Let’s say that Christ chose 3 left handed, 2 only-children, 1 diabetic, 3 married, and 2 bilingual men for his apostles. Why must the Church not follow this example?
I’ll take a run at this. As much as anything the issue has to do with the way God made nature.
We know that God is love. And the way He wired us is that love craves unity, this is how we get life - the unity of man and woman. The tradition of identifying the Church with woman goes deep into the old testament. God is bridegroom, his people are the bride. Heaven is spoken of as a heavenly marriage banquet, and of course Ephesian chapter 5 says it all and while I won’t quote all the Bible passages, believe me, they’re there.
When a Priest consecrates the Eucharist he’s does it ‘Persona Christi’ - in the person of Christ. He’s offering up sacrifice (himself) for his bride the Church. It’s a union, like the union of a man and woman. Thats how we get new life - the Eucharist. It takes the union of a male, the priest in the person of Christ “pouring” out himself for his Church, all of us, to make the Eucharist. It’s the way God made us !!!
The minute a woman tries to consecrate bread and wine, it ***HAS ***to become a symbol since a woman to woman union **CANNOT produce new life. It’s about nature and the way God made the world. **Think of it as woman+man, Christ+Church = NEW LIFE, Human life, Divine life.
Now we can change it for the sake of political correctness or because some other churches have woman ministers, but the minute we do, this thing stops being the Roman Catholic Church and I don’t want any part of it.
Hope that helps.