Clergy: Lady in the Pulpit

Olle and Barbro Stahl live in Stockholm's working-class Stora Essingen District. Every morning Olle, 32, kisses Barbro goodbye at the door of their flat and drives his Volkswagen to the city's Vantor parish church, where he is a curate. Barbro, 30, spends an hour or so with her son Krister and then goes across her garden to the Essinge parish church, where she is assistant pastor.

"Let your women keep silence in the churches," enjoined St. Paul, and Christian tradition is strongly on the side of an all-male clergy. Outside Orthodoxy, the Anglican Communion and Roman...

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