We saw that the prist of the Old Covenant chosen by God were men only because they represented more perfectly the transcendent nature of God. Now we see that Christ was conceived not as a woman but as man because he represented the transcended nature of God as Father, Son and Spirit. Further, if the Son of God had come as a woman, we would have had a divine dauthter of God and a holy mother, man's nature would have been left out of the plan of Redemption. I call this divine anthropology.

At the Last Supper Christ chose only the 12 apostles to be priests when he told them "Do this in memory of me." Those who favor women priests say that Christ chose only men because this was a male dominated society. If it was a male oriented society is was due to God's who chose only men to reveal himself. Christ's decisions were not dictated by tradition because many times he went against the Jewish traditions. Pope John Paul II states, "The non-admission of women to the priestly ordination cannot mean that women are of lesser dignity, nor can it be constued as discrimination against them. Rather, it is to be seen as the faithful observance of a plan to be ascribed to the wisdom of the Lord of the universe." (Pope John Paul II, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, May 22, 1994, #3) We must also aknowledge that Jesus being the Son of God acted in conformity with his Father's will through the Spirit.

Some consider the woman priest open to debate while the Church does not as John Paul II states, "Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed reagarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Chuch's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of comfirming the brethren (Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer the priestly orgination on women and that this judgment is to be definitely held by all the Church's faithful." (Ibid., #4) This is the strongest declaration by a pope short of defining this trth as a dogma.

7. The Priest Acts in Persona Christi Capitis