I would like to start by saying that I have read the (very) brief article answering this question on this site already, as well as many threads on this site above it. So I’m looking for some arguments a bit more in-depth than those. I would also like to mention that this doesn’t bother me much–it’s explaining why this does not make women unequal in the Catholic Church that is difficult.
Here are some specific things I need addressed:
The only real reasons the Church has given for her male-only priesthood come down to “it hasn’t been done before” which can be easily argued to be for historical/cultural reasons.
What about women who genuinely feel called to the priesthood and meet all the expectations of a true vocation to the priesthood?
Many men feel that they are better able to serve people by being a priest. If a woman feels the same, why can she not have that opportunity?
All leadership positions of any significance in the Church are filled by men. What about women who are born leaders? The options for them are far, far fewer.
As I said, I need this explained so I can show atheists/agnostics that my Faith is not outdated or sexist.