In one of the most enlightening interviews I’ve read of a high ranking Catholic clergy, New Jersey’s Cardinal Joseph Tobin said , “…I don’t believe there is a compelling theological reason why the Pope couldn’t name a woman a Cardinal.”
Cardinals are the ones who meet and select a new Pope. I don’t know what other duties go with the rank. Cardinal Tobin pointed out that as recently as the 19th century there were lay people who held the rank of Cardinal. Since then the male clergy has circled the wagons to keep out all non clergy including women.
Tobin, who has several sisters, points out that barring women from holding either clergy or Cardinal positions must surely alienate many women from the faith. While women make up the majority of Catholics, it is hard to understand why they tolerate a faith that considers them to be inferior.
Christian women start with a handicap. It was Eve of Adam and Eve would suggested Adam eat the forbidden apple. Instead of laughing off this story, people have taking it seriously for over a thousand years and blamed women for moving all of us out of the Garden of Eden. Apparently, neither Adam nor Eve had to work for a living in the Garden of Eden. We’ve been required to work ever since.
It seems to me we are on the verge of changes that will bring more equality to the genders. Parts of the Christian faith that put women in an inferior status eventually will have to yield.