The question, "Why can't women be Catholic priests?" is one of the most sensitive and misunderstood issues a Catholic must face. At first glance, it may seem politically incorrect, sexist, and maybe even contrary to the teachings of Jesus - "Aren't all people equal in God's eyes?"
The answer takes much into account and must be understood carefully, so I will not try to summarize it here, in order to avoid misrepresenting it.
- Women’s Ordination - By Fr. William Saunders (catholiceducation.edu)
- Women and the Priesthood - By Raymond Taouk (catholicapologetics.info)
- Women Priests - By Joanna Bogle (catholic.com)
- The Male Priesthood: The Argument From Sacred Tradition - by Mark Lowery (catholiceducation.edu)
- Sexual Symbolism - An examination of the role and meaning of sex and how God chose to reveal His plan; by Peter Kreeft (catholiceducation.edu)
- A Gender Gap in the Church? - Looks at feminism and the distinction between "gender and doctrine gaps"; by Fr. Jay Scott Newman (ewtn.com)
- Why No Women's Ordination - Answers to many statements made about this issue; by Michael J. Tortolani (catholic.com)
- Why Can't Women Be Priests? - Answers to five common questions; by Jason Evert (catholic.com)
- Ordination Is Not a Right - A brief article; by Mark P. Shea (catholic.com)
- Does the Catholic Church Hate Women? - Understanding the Church, theologians and scripture when they err or seem to err; by Christopher Kaczor (catholic.com)
- Catholic Women - A Case of Oppression? - The roles, examples, and callings of Catholic women throughout history; by Joanna Bogle (catholic.com)
- Former Lutheran Pastor Debunks Women's Ordination - Interview of Jennifer Ferrara, a Lutheran pastor who converted to Catholicism (ewtn.com)