Recently there has been some speculation (in TheMoralMindfield) that, at least technically, women could be eligble to enter the College of Cardinals in the Catholic Church. Essentially, the argument goes, the role is bureaucratic in nature and it is a latecomer in the hierarchy of the Church (only came into being – ahem – a thousand years ago).
Somewhat less controversially, it can be argued that there should be no barrier for restoring the female Diaconate.
Tradition is the life of the Spirit in the Church, as Metropolitan Kallistos Ware has often said (citing Vladimir Lossky). A creative response to Tradition could allow a new place for women in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.