While I am not justifying in any way Rome's choices or practices, it is naive and simplistic to assume that the presence of these women is the reason for the absence of men. Are they related? Of course they are. But not in a simple causal way. While it is true that some women have pushed and shoved their way into the chancel (radical equality and feminism are not without voice or influence), the source of the problem lies not with women but with men.
A long time before women showed up routinely as acolytes or in the extraordinary roles invented because of the shortage of priests, men began to absent themselves from the church and from their roles as the spiritual leaders of their families. This had profound impact upon vocations to the priesthood for Rome. It left a void that would inevitably be filled by well-meaning women. The Church sought to deal with the need more by widening the services women could provide within the chancel rather than dealing with the elephant in the room -- renewing the role of men as husbands, fathers, spiritual leaders in the home, and spiritual leaders in the church. It is far too easy to think that girl acolytes and women serving in assisting roles to a declining number of priests is the primary problem. It is a symptom of a larger problem and it parallels the greater issue but it is not a simple cause and effect.
So I disagree with the post below. The source is a Roman Catholic blogger.
Growing number of women in the sanctuary. Shrinking number of ordinations to the priesthood. Is there a correlation? Sure there is. It is not just the presence of the women, it’s the womanish attitude of the clergy which repulses young men who would otherwise consider priesthood.
There are legitimate concerns being raised but to read this as women bullying men out of their roles as leaders of the home and of the church would be simplistic and wrong. Everyone knows Christianity went through a period of "feminization" in which feelings trumped doctrine and truth, emotion was mistaken for faith, and the focus of the faith was horizontal instead of vertical. Were these contributing factors? Yes, they were. Were they causal. Probably not. Men did not step up to their roles in the home and in the church. This is the problem, then and now. Where men attend faithfully and frequently, where husbands are the spiritual leaders of their families, where fathers offer their sons and daughters a good example of faith, the children have a very high probability of keeping the faith and being active Christians throughout their lives. That was and is the real issue.
Rome not only needs to remember this. Lutherans do as well.