Q. Women wish to be priestesses for the exact same reason men wish to become priests: they want to serve their God in a special way.
A. Serving God in a special way is a noble goal. But this is turned into rebellion against the Church HE founded when women demand ordination against the constant teaching of the Church, Her ministers, and Her popes.
Q. Although the religious life is an alternative, it does not allow them to participate in the rite of transubstantiation, as priests do; preside over the sacraments (and reach out to others during the sacrament of Confession), as priests do; and speak on the word of God in the homily, as priests do.
A. This is true.But women can partake of the Body of Christ in communion. That is a very great grace. Women can go to confession and receive forgiveness of sin and grace to avoid sin. That is a very great grace too. And women can teach the faith at schools, sacramental preparation classes, RCIA, or become a Catholic speaker. Rather than bemoan what they cannot do, women should get busy and do the things that are open to them. God will bless women as they serve Him in obedience and humility.
1 Samuel 15:23
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Q. They also would like to help their fellow Christians with guidance and instruction in the faith, and become closer to God.
A. This can be done without being a priest. I hope more women will do this because our priests are overworked and could use help in this area.
Q. This is a completely lesser aside, but many women do not feel comfortable discussing certain issues with priests. It would be easier for them to speak with a priestess on these subjects.
A. We have many excellent women counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists who are also Catholic. No doubt the Church needs more, so this are is wide open to women.
Q. Women who desire to become priestesses do not want to exalt themselves or to turn away from the church; rather they want to become servants in it. It is the church that denies them, when all they wish is to assist it.
A. A true servant’s heart wishes to serve and obey Christ’s Church in all obscurity. And this can be done by anyone, at any age, regardless of sickness or disability. A good servant does not tell Jesus or His ministers how to run His Church.
Q. Furthermore, every Christian should go for the gold and try to be named a saint!
A. Amen, Sister.
Q. Men, however, have been priests (and involved in the religious life as well) and named as saints. The two ideas- of being a priest and becoming a saint -are completely separate from one another.
A. That is true. But not even all men can be priests. It not a right. The call to the priesthood is a gift from God. Not all are called. Men cannot be pregnant. Their gender excludes them. Is this unfair? Should they be pursuing equality in this area? It is a very special experience to have a baby growing inside of your body. Don’t you think there are some men who might like this experience? Each gender has gifts that the opposite gender does not share. Any woman who feels badly that she cannot be a priest should try to be at peace and pray for be contentment. Otherwise she may fall into the sin of envy. (10th commandment, Ex 20)
Mark 7:21 Jesus said, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. 23 All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.
Q. Most Christians, including women, do strive to become saints. Nonetheless, some feel called to the priesthood as well.
A. I would submit that any women who “feels” she is called to the priesthood is not hearing the voice of Our Lord but rather of Our Enemy.