(quote) Gary-936836 said: You're not getting it. It's not a matter of "men are worthy, women aren't". That isn't the Church's teaching, so why bring that up? The basis for restricting to males only is not one of worth, but of embodiment. A sacrament is a symbol that is simultaneously the reality it symbolizes. One cannot be a father if one is a woman. There are ways indeed to be a mother, but that is not priesthood.
To be rather blunt, there has never been any such thing as a female priest until the Anglicans came up with the idea. Yes, there have been female religious leaders -- prophetesses -- but that is different. Priesthood isn't just leadership; it's a particular type of ministry that involves a particular type of sacrifice.
Women shed the blood of life: menstruation, the puncturing of the hymen (usually), and childbirth. Men shed the blood of death: war, hunting, and sacrifice. This underlies every single religion, whether Jewish, Christian, or pagan, with regards to priesthood. Women have their own priestly role as they offer their lives in motherhood. What offends people about this is that it is less prominent. Ideologues want limelight more than they do "equality".
If you want to have a married priest, though, I'm totally with you. If you'll just fork over $30,000 per year, we can afford to have ONE full-time priest and his family, without making him work another job on the side to make ends meet. If you're not personally willing to pay the extra expense, though, you really have no place to complain. The discipline of celibacy has very legitimate, prudent grounds.
Peace & grace.
A family trying to make it on on $30,000/year today would be one that would have a very difficult time.
I realize there are far too many families doing that today. But that would not be proper to pay a priest who has a family.
On the other hand, anyone who thinks having a married priesthood would solve the vocation problem (which is already improving without it) needs to just do some research.
The Eastern Catholic Churches as well as our Orthodox brethren, who already have a married clergy, are alos having trouble attracting new vocations. The Protestant Sects which also have a married clergy have a vocation crisis of their own.
And they all have the problem because, like us, they have been impacted by the culture which has produced a population that tends to be selfish and interested in making it big financially. Despite the fact that most people never accomplish the latter.
It is a culture that disdains religion as well to the point that even people who still believe tend, as a group,to keep their beliefs to themselves as if they are ashamed. Mainly because they don't want to be the butt of jokes a sniggers.
For those who think that ordaining women could be the answer, and unfortunately there are some of them here on CM, should reflect on the fact the Anglican/Episcopalian Church has suffered major losses of membership mainly because they began ordaining women as well as flagrantly practicing homosexuals