In May of 1994 John Paul II promulgated <Ordinatio Sacerdotalis>
which declared definitely that the Catholic priesthood is reserved
for males. That document nonetheless contained some language that
was difficult to interpret. As a result, Cardinal Ratzinger made
an official clarification (<Responsum ad Dubium>) in November of
1995, making it quite clear that the Church has taught infallibly
on this matter.
Hence, the question of the priesthood in its relation to
sexuality-a question usually posed more simply as "Why can there
not be women priests?"-has now been answered in a definitive way.
There is no longer any doubt that reserving Holy Orders to males
is part of the deposit of faith.