The role model for women in the Church is Mary, the Mother of God. She is exalted above all other creatures above any priest, except her Son, and above all the angels of heaven. Dante uses the prayer of of St. Bernard who praises Mary's role in the Church thus:


"Virgin mother, daughter of thy son, lowly and
uplifted more than any creature, fixed goal
of the eternal counsel, ...

In thee is tenderness, in thee is pity,
in thee munificence, in thee united
whatever in created being is of excellence. ...

Let thy protection vanquish human ferments;
see Beatrice, with how many Saints,
for my prayers folding hands."

(Dante Paradiso, Canto XXXIII)

At the foot of the Cross was his mother and John the Apostle.

"When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved,
he said to his mother, 'Woman, behold, your son.'
Then he said to the disciple, 'Behold, your mother.'
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home."
(Jn 19:26-27)

Mary is the mother of divine grace because she brought Christ into the world and because she intercedes for us with her Son for the graces we need to live holy lives.

The role of women in the Church is to become spiritual mothers because they can nurture faith as no man can. A married women is mother to her children not only physically but also as the one who nurtures faith in Christ in her children. In my many years at Mt. Camel parish in the Bronx I recall a Mrs. Longo, the social worker, who attracted young men in the parish to help her and with her coffee, cake and conversations inspired a number of young men in the parish to become priests. After her death there were no more vocations to the priesthood at Mt. Carmel Parish. Above all, women influence in the Church lies in their holiness of life. Some were martyrs like St. Agnes. Others, like St. Theresa of the Child Jesus by offering her small acts of daily life to God. Mother Theresa of Calcutta nurtured many poor and dying and will be canonized by Pope Frances on Sept. 4, 2016.

Many have remained virgins and played their part in religious life helping the Church to educate in the faith many generations of men and women. In whatever role the the church sees fit to place women, her role is always a motherly one and not that of a father.

"The Protestant emphasis on sola scriptura, solus Christus, soli Deo gloria, among others kept the honoring of Mary to a minimum, and Protestant teaching about Mary co-terminous with her short part in scripture and creeds." (Wikipedia/Protestant View of Mary) The Church view of Mary is not only based on scripture but also on the insight offered by Saints, theologians, Popes, Councils and the Faithful (a living tradition). The Protestant churches have failed to promote Marian devotion in their Churches and are thus tempted to promote women priests.