Thank you for your thoughtful question.
It is not a matter of being against
women priests; it's a matter of it
being impossible for a woman to become a priest. You see, the priesthood was
instituted by Jesus and He only ordained
He never gave the Church the ability
to do otherwise.
The Church does
not just make stuff up out of thin
air when it comes to certain matters.
We rely on what Jesus instructed
us to do by written and oral teaching.
If the Church were to try to make
a woman a priest, she still would
not be a priest.
It is not like a job, where all
you need is the right talents; it's
a sacrament and sacraments have a
For example, Baptism
does not just get a baby wet, it
actually spiritually washes away
original sin. We don't baptize kittens
and puppies, because all that would
do is get them wet.
is Holy Communion. Jesus used bread
and wine, not potato chips and Coke.
When the priest says, "This
is my Body" or "This is
the cup of my Blood", the Bread and Wine
become Jesus. If he said it using chips and soda pop, nothing would
happen. That is because Jesus never
gave the Church the authority to
use chips and soda.
So you see even if the Church wanted
to, the Church can't ordain women
to the priesthood.
If a bishop said all the right prayers
and did all the right things in the
ceremony to ordain a woman, the woman
would still not be a priest. She
might call herself a priest, but
she would not be one. If this woman
then offered a Mass, the bread and
wine would not become Jesus, or if
she heard a Confession, the absolution
of sins would be invalid.
One other reason is pretty simple.
When a priest gets ordained, he becomes
married to Holy Mother Church, the
Bride of Christ. In a very mystical
way, the priest becomes Jesus to
us who are in the Church. Jesus is
a man and the Church is feminine,
a woman cannot marry the Church,
This does not have anything to do
with the wonderful God-given talents
a woman might have. Many women are
great speakers, know their faith,
can teach the faith and do many things
better than some men. That is not
the issue. The issue is not capability,
competence or even holiness. These
things are important and a priest
must be these things, but a priest
represents Jesus, Himself, in a special
A woman becoming a priest is as impossible
on a spiritual level, as a man becoming
pregnant on a physical level. It
would be like having a man play the
role of Mary in a play.
Hope this answers your question,