females in priesthood:
While due to considerations of appropriate biblical symbolism, and of
different levels of vulnerability to physical attack & social
abuse, there properly exists a channeling of males & females into different categories of function
within the Church, these categories are only 'optimal preferences'
which assume that all other critical factors are equal. Should said other factors not be
equal -- such as a longterm shortage of males as priests or even
bishops -- then the over-riding core
requirement to fulfill Christ's instructions and care for His flock
would take precedence, and thus admit of females into the priesthood in
As of this date , and with the prospect of allowing some priests
to be married, no such situation exists, but there are singular
situations in which even today it would benefit some of the flock to have access to female priests for
consecrating the Euchrist, conferring Penance, and anointing the sick.
Specifically, in convents &
female-only institutions of
education/convalescence/hospitalization/imprisonment/etc., it should be
allowed [with consent of local bishop] to ordain with Holy Orders one
-- and up to three with local bishop's confirmation of practical
benefit -- female member [preferably of middle age or younger to better assure longterm
service] of religious order assigned to duty at that location [choice
of member to be up to the superior of that order].