People thought my comments yesterday were somewhat bland. Perhaps they were, but I wanted to emphasize the fact that not everything should be treated equally. I've met people in the past who have a hard time understanding that.
Now back to the original topic of the priesthood. In the Catholic Church, men can become priests and women can become nuns, but never the other way around. Men get the roles of spiritual fathers and brothers, while women get the roles of spiritual mothers and sisters.
I don't see this as a double standard. When you assign fatherly roles to men and motherly roles to women, that's not bigoted; it's logical. And it also happens to be how Jesus Christ, the founder of the Catholic Church, split up his male and female followers.
For the sake of argument, though, what would make this situation an unfair, sexist double standard?
1. If only priests are allowed to have administrative roles. That would effectively prevent women from having any say in how the church is run.
2. If priests have superiority, spiritual or otherwise, over non-priests. That would effectively force women into a subordinate role.
3. If men could be priests and nuns, but women could only be nuns. That gives men more options than women.
In the past, there have been evil priests who used double standards and abused their positions for power, wealth, honor, and pleasure. In some places, this sort of behavior was widespread. Needless to say, this is wrong, and it goes directly against what the Catholic Church teaches and believes. As good and faithful Catholics, we are called to follow church teaching and help eradicate these evil behaviors, as best we can.