:rolleyes: Not that I want this to degenerate into another ‘why can’t women be priests?’ thread, but I find the fact that anyone sees the clear theology that women can not (not *may not) *be priests unconvincing pretty confusing. It’s really, really simple and to allow women to be priests would be destroying dogmatic theology on the nature of the Sacraments, and we would be opening up our entire religion to new interpretations on pretty much every dogmatic issue. It basically would undermine the entire existence of the Catholic Church.
Contarini: are you of the opinion that any kind of solid food or liquid could be used in the Eucharist for the Body and Blood? It’s the same issue. Father Corapi said it best: “a woman can be a priest like I can consecrate a dill pickle at Mass.”
Not understanding why women can’t be priests is the same as not understanding why the Second Divine Person chose to incarnate Himself into a male body and reveal Himself as the Son of the Father. Why didn’t God incarnate into a female body and reveal (Her)self as the Daughter of the Mother? God is, by nature, sexless. The answer: I don’t know. It is the Divine Will. What we *do *know is that the Incarnation does not, in any way, lower or subordinate the dignity of women in the eyes of God… which is why a woman was so intimately a part of it (see: the Virgin Mary).
All the saints form up a priestly people, and we all offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God. The ministerial priesthood, on the other hand, re-presents *Christ *as the eternal sacrifice. By the importance laid on physical substances in each Sacrament, the Sacrament of Holy Orders which endows a Christian to *physically *act *in persona Christi, *requires the same *physical *substance as Christ–a male human body.
If the Second Divine Person had incarnated into a female body, then only women could be priests, and not men. For some reason, known only to God, He chose to become a man.
It is also important to keep in mind on this point that sacred Tradition has always seen male/femaleness to run *soul deep, *as an intrinsic part of our whole identity. Christ not only has a male human body, but a male human soul. Vice versa with the Blessed Virgin.
Anyway, all of the above has been repeated ad nauseum, so I don’t expect that I will convince anyone who simply chooses to be unconvinced. But I will pray for your understanding!