Religion: Woman Priest

The Church of England got a walloping surprise last week. From China, by way of New Zealand's missionary magazine the Reaper, came news that Hong Kong's Bishop Ronald Owen Hall (currently stationed in Kunming) had ordained the first woman priest in the Church's history.

The new priest, reported the Reaper, is Lei Tim-oi, 30, a onetime deaconess.*

A graduate of Canton's Union Theological College, she had been attached to Kowloon's Anglican Church, whose congregation is composed mainly of educated, professional Chinese. After the Japanese captured Kowloon, no Anglican priest could visit the parish to...

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