Women were barred through PREJUDICE
OK, in the past the Church refused to ordain women as priests.
When judging past practice in the Church, we must study the reasons why things were done the way they were.
As to women, our findings are disturbing. Women were excluded from the priestly ministry for totally invalid reasons.
A threefold prejudice barred women from the priestly ministry.
1. Women were considered less than men in every respect: physically, intellectually and emotionally.
Since it was believed that only the male sperm ‘contains’ the future child, women were looked upon as incomplete human beings.
In short, women were considered inferior.
2. And since people blamed Eve for causing humankind’s fall from grace, every woman was thought to carry the curse of Eve’s sin.
Women were marked as sinful creatures.
3. Moreover, people thought that menstruation makes women impure.
As unclean creatures, women were kept far from the altar and sacred services.
So prejudice, pure cultural prejudice and nothing else was the reason why women were not ordained priests. That is the historical fact.
The Church constantly needs to liberate itself from the social and cultural prejudices that contaminate its doctrine and practice.
Women today deserve to be liberated from the doctrinal prejudice that stills bans them from the share in the ministries that is theirs in God’s true plan.