The Church is made up of men and women of faith, and it could not remain in existence otherwise.
While the chronic complaint is based on the supposed inequality and therefore subjugation of women, I think there’s a much more practical reason for it.
Let’s look at the facts, that in a church nominally of over 1.2 billion people, far less than 0.01 % of men have formal authority in the church. There’s a lot of men sitting right next to women in the pews, lest we forget. That’s a whole bunch of equality out there.
Another fact is, the complaints about not having a female priesthood suggest strongly that the message of the gospel really hasn’t been told and will not be told until women are telling it. If that is really true, then we’re all in the wrong church, and have been from the beginning – we haven’t “really” heard the gospel. Certainly St. Paul didn’t hear the gospel, if THAT is what Christ meant.
St. Paul says something there, in I Co I think, that women are supposed to ask their husband questions when they get home. Hmmmm. Men and women talking together about their Christian faith. WHAT a radical idea – the idea that women are to make sure that their husbands have heard the gospel correctly. The idea (!) that men should listen to their wives, along with men loving their wife as Christ loved the Church.
I think if someone starts off with a feminist agenda, they can “run any train off the rails.”
Any such ideas have to stay within the bounds of Biblical teaching. But, it teaches that God created not all men, but a man and a woman, being as different as they could possibly be (as Detroit radio priest Fr. John Riccardo says) and still be human, but with different roles.
The Bible did not create that tension between men and women from the beginning, but it has arisen as a result of original sin. The universe was created as a temple for the worship of God, and the garden of Eden was the holy of holies. A man and a woman were there “tending” to the garden, the same Hebrew word (according to Dr. Scott Hahn) that is later used for the role of the temple priests.
Then, sin came along, and both were expelled from “paradise.” Sin had created a big change and later only a hand-picked few were chosen for temple duty.
The question really is, has Christ altered the Edenic catastrophe? I think the answer is, not yet.