RE: the female priesthood matter-<quoted text>
No apology necessary.
OK. And First of all, I am not trying to specifically single out the Roman Church for its systemic, doctrinal and dogmatic errors. But, errors and problems in comprehension and understanding and practice the RCC certainly does have, in plenty, just like every other Christian denomination. This certainly includes the Episcopalians and specifically me, personally, and maybe even you, too.
Let's look at the famous scriptural quote by Jesus.
Above, you say, "We tend to take Christ's direct teachings in Scripture at face value, as presented,..."
OK. Then let's do this together.
In the context of the conversation, as Christ is teaching his listeners, including his personal disciples, Christ is responding to a question from some Pharisees. The text SAYS that they had come to test him.
They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife."
He answered, "... But from the beginning of creation,
'God made them male and female.'
'For this reason...', et cetera.
His answer is a scriptural recitation of the recognition of the bond that develops between two people, which bond he cites and asks us to acknowledge as being fundamental, spiritual, of integrity and a moral asset to human society. It is, after all, like Kimare points out, the primary family unit upon which society and culture, worldwide, has been built. It is the iconic human unit understood to be the "image of God."
Divorce, he answers, is an accommodation to our personal inflexibility. But, it creates adultery. Is it unforgivable?
Reiterating what you said above, "We tend to take Christ's direct teachings in Scripture at face value, as presented,..."
THAT is precisely what people DO NOT DO when they try to take the scriptural passage above and use it for cannon fodder against the idea that a same-sex couple should be recognized in a sacramental ritual of Marriage in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Christ is never reported to have said anything of the sort.
Likewise, many Christians try to debase any notion of women in the priesthood. The fact is that women are fully capable as priests, in every sacerdotal capacity.
Orthodoxy and Tradition stand in the way of allowing this. But, Orthodoxy and Tradition have roots that served a purpose at one time that may not adequately serve the same needs and purposes later. So, we change and by necessity, commit the dictionary definition of "heresy."
Are there any of us, who are actually intelligent, who would not buy a house via a female Realtor, or submit to the scalpel held in the hand of a female doctor, or purchase groceries at a store with a female owner-manager?
One might say that is a silly question. But, it would not have been silly 100 years ago. In many parts of the world, it is not a silly question, today; even being a sacrilegious question that can lead to extreme punishments.
What has changed? Reality or our perception of reality?
Has thermodynamic law changed or our understanding of thermodynamic law?
Is thermodynamic law truth or is religious dogma truth.
"I am the way, the truth and the life."
How are truth and life anything different from TRUTH and LIFE?
They are One.
Again, I (personally) have to assume that Christ, being Divine, could operate bereft of the constraints of social mores, etc. respective to selection of the Apostles, so I can't really apply a "correction" to His actions on that basis.
I'd be operating on the basis that His action was random, made with an overriding influence of social custom, or at worst, wrong somehow to the point where I had to remediate it. Either of the three renders Christ less than Divine (IMO).