Spiritually speaking, the woman is as the soul of man, and "she" should never speak in place of the Spirit-man speaking. Blessings....
I'm glad I found this again- I happened upon it last week when I first joined here and "poking about". So, Cardinal, I see you're a woman... and you put forth this statement that "the woman is as the soul of man". Someone else said "the soul should not lead the spirit".
I just feel this is correct, but it's a very "hard sell". We are so confused in modern times about gender roles and gender differences- perhaps there has never really been a time when there hasn't been confusion about this to one extreme or the other.
So, if I were to make a statement that "men and women operate from different perspectives and are fundamentally concerned about different things", Cardinal, would you be OK with that? Because I cannot find a woman anywhere who would agree. Instead, women generally believe "we are all born with clean slates and any perceived differences, besides the obvious physical ones, are purely from societal conditioning".
Is this fundamental "soul vs spirit" difference between the sexes truly what was behind God's prescribed order of things in the Old Testament, and was Paul carrying this over to the Church dispensation out of ignorance, as a Jew, or out of inspiration? Is it possible for women to "operate as men" in the Church? I remember reading one of the Psuedo-Gospels (Gospel of Thomas perhaps?) where Jesus was dealing with his disciples over his allowance of Mary Magdalene joining them, seemingly as an equal, and Jesus saying something like "she has become like a man". I'll try and find that again and re-post. The whole thing is rather interesting for discussion, but like I said before, it's difficult to find anybody willing to discuss it.