Women were expected to get married and raise a family. That is what women had done for thousands of years before the Catholic Church had come into existance. The early Church leaders/popes didn't want to include women as clergy because they felt it would take them away from what they were naturally expected to do in life, which was to raise a family.<quoted text>
What it teaches is woman are not allowed in the governing of the church. Therefore they are not allowed in the decision making. They are to be ruled. That is what the church teaches by example.
Don't even get me started on the church fathers, natural law etc in which laws and determinations were made without the voice, opinions, or minds of women. Now, women are fighting back and taking their proper place in the world community. They WILL be heard, they WILL be involved in law making that pertains to "their" lives. Deal with it.
Also, during the early stages of Christianity, the faith was spread primarily by missionaries who traveled all over the pagan world -- by themselves. How could you expect a woman to go out into the world, by herself, and not get raped whereever she went? Women would have needed an escort whereever they went and this would have been costly to the Church.
And if the Church was to allow women to be in the clergy, what do you do when her biological clock starts ticking? Do you allow her to raise a family and still try to do all the tasks that a pastor is required to do? What if a child is sick on a Sunday morning, does the priestess stay home with her child or does she go to say Mass?
I believe the Church was wise to exclude women for their own protection and to avoid conflicts of interest.