It has been argued that women should not be allowed to the Priesthood, as it has been argued that there have been no priestesses during the early Church, and this because they make a flawed image of Christ, since Christ was man. Yet this view, shared mostly through the Roman Church, is most flawed, for it ignores and defiles she whom the Romans rightly call immaculate. Mary was the first Priestess, doing what all the Priesthood does, for the Priesthood must be parent to their flock, must be the administer of the sacraments chief among which is the Eucharist, and must uphold the apostolic succession.
Firstly, Mary, as Mother of the Church, for Mary, Ever Virgin, Holy Mother of God and Immaculate Seat of Wisdom bore the author of the Heavens within her body. And as she bore the body of Christ as the Most Holy Mother, so other Holy Mothers bear the message of Christ. The Priest may be Father of a small part of the body of Christ, but Mary was mother of the Full Body.
However, this Mother must be able to teach from the crown jewel of the Tradition, Scripture, in which is written “Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Even, and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty” (I Timothy 2:11-15).
This was written because St. Paul was writing against the gnostics, who would target first the teachers, to deceive them. This likely was placed here by St. Paul, because he had the vision of his culture, and so was sexist. But this was placed here by Our Lord as an inerrant message, to protect the woman as teacher of the future Christian generation. For women would have educated their children at home, and if they should be deceived, much more of the Church would be lost. For this reason, God sought then to keep women from the Priesthood due to circumstance and not ability, and also for the creation picture given. For in Genesis, each that is created later, is created with more beauty in a greater closeness to the heart of God. So I would say that woman, made after man, is closer to God’s heart, and it would grieve Him more to lose women from the Church than men. We see this in the beginning, as it hurt God more to lose woman than man, for man also fell, yet God did not here call him also transgressor.
And, because of this closeness, woman is given the chance to salvation. Woman is said to be saved through bearing children, because Mary’s child is the savior of us all. Christ would not have been born except that Mary submitted as a good and willing servant. As a mother is responsible for the birth and education of her children, so it is fitting the Holy Mothers in the Catholic Church are responsible both for the baptism of believers into the Church and the education of those believers within the Priesthood. And women are called to submission, meaning that they should place their actions under the mission of the men, and the mission for some men is the Priesthood, so should it be for women. Now, as the Church is established, there need be no more protection, as we need no longer fear that the Church should lose all those who were created closer to the Creator’s spirit.
Secondly, Mary was the first to administer the sacrament of Christ’s body, even before Christ Himself, for He was born from her. The Priest may call upon the Holy Spirit to incur the change of the wine and bread into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. This He does in the image of Christ. Likewise, the Priestess can call upon the Holy Spirit in a like manner, for she bears the image of Christ from the precedent of Mary most Pure, who above all the other Saints should be praised for being herself the best historical image of God the Father. For as Christ was begotten of the Father eternally, so he was begotten of the Mother physically, and so he is called to be present in the host by Holy Mothers over all the world presiding and teaching in the Church today. To allow for women to enter into the Priesthood is saying that Mary is co-redemptrix, and saying that Mary is co-redemptrix is allowing women into the Priesthood. And Churches who deny women the Priesthood risk denying Christ’s mother.
Thirdly, women uphold the apostolic succession by being successors of the greatest of the saints, the Mother of Our Lord. They have been blessed by the bishops in many different traditions, and much of Christianity has found their ordination most sufficient and good. They find blessing in the Anglican Church, which is the Catholic Church along with the Roman Church, the Orthodox Churches, and many other Protestant Churches. Their succession reaches back, from the proud history of the Americas, and of England, to the time when all the Church was one, to the original Apostles. The line is unbroken, and the power of history and tradition must be honored. From the time of Christ’s mother to now there has been an unbroken Priesthood of both men and women.