Regarding the letter Feb. 4 about women’s roles in the Catholic Church (“Letter Writer Misunderstands Church History”), contrary to what the writer stated, it would have been unusual for Jesus to have selected women as apostles.
As the writer indicated, in Jesus’ time, women were treated as second-class citizens and, therefore, were not considered as leaders. But Jesus never said that women couldn’t be his disciples and leaders of the Church.
Women ministers in other denominations prove that women can lead congregations just as well as men. It may eventually be a moot point, anyway. With the priest shortage, if the Church wants to survive, it may have to accept women into the priesthood. That would really be treating women with dignity and respect.