I just finished listening to Chris Aubert on the Right Here Right Now network and one of the topics he brought up was about a woman in the midwest who has been “ordained” a priest. She understands that this is outside of the Catholic Church but she sees a need to minister to people just out of prison, homeless, etc.
Chris mentioned that John Paul II stated definitively that women could not become priests.
We have this issue in the Lutheran churches as well. LCMS and WELS do not have women pastors but some of the less strict synods do. In fact, the LCMC church I attend would allow a woman pastor and do have women in liturgical positions such as distributing communion and leading worship service.
My take is that those roles ought to be left to the men and that the more women become involved and take over those positions the less we see men stepping up to be involved. What are your takes on this?