Really. I think that my Church's reasons not to have women priests are quite unsubstantial; but that does not bother me as much as it does the fact that there is simply no way for women to reach positions of high responsibility in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church (yes, the heads of convents and female religious organizations often have a great degree of authority with respect to the internal
affairs of their organization, but that's a different matter).
For example, there is historical precedent for laypeople becoming cardinals without
being first ordained: in the early 1900s an administrative
rule (not an article of faith, just a rule of the Code of Canon Law) was made according to which cardinals have to be priests, but before that this was not the case; and there is nothing terribly contentious in the idea that non-priests might be allowed to become cardinals again in the future.
So, is there any sane reason at all
why — even assuming, for the sake of discussion, that for some reason I don't quite get women cannot be ordained — women should not be allowed to become Cardinals and have other official roles of high responsibility in the Church hierarchy?
edited 19th Feb '13 4:53:08 AM by Carciofus