Religion: Women in the Church

In Boston, delegates to the 57th triennial convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church found the early days of their two-week session dominated by a delicate problem: Should women be allowed to sit as delegates in the church's House of Deputies? A commission assigned to study the matter said yes. Among other things, the commission noted that the Church of England has admitted women as lay delegates for many years. But the motion ran into trouble.

Most clerical delegates favored admitting the women, but most lay delegates were stoutly against it. Said one layman: "There...

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