The Catholic Position on the Ordination of Women. By: Lizz Birchall.
Jesus never mentioned ministerial priesthood, but Catholic teaching developed since The Second Vatican Council holds that Jesus established an ordained clergy through his maleness and his choice of only men to join the group of twelve Apostles
In the middle ages, it was taught that women were the pure daughters of Mary as well as the sinful daughters Eve
“All women and men are endowed with a rational soul and are created in gods image; they have the same nature and origin and, being redeemed by Christ, they enjoy the same divine calling and destiny; there is here a basic equality between all and it must be accorded ever greater recognition”
The priest acts in person Christi
In the person of Christ, the priest is a sacramental sign of Christ; and
As a sign of Christ, the priest must be male.
The presence and role of women in the life and mission of the Church, although not linked to the ministerial priesthood, remain absolutely necessary and irreplaceable