Religion: A Case of Woman Trouble

Female priests divide a denomination

The Episcopal Church, which remained unified while other American denominations were sundered over the slavery issue, is now dividing over women priests. Some of the dissidents are leaving to form a new church; more are staying to fight from within. Last week at a resort in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., 125 members of the church's House of Bishops met and struggled to prevent further damage.

Thus far the schism is loud but small: the larger parishes are remaining loyal. But there is potential for dramatic skirmishes in the next year or two, especially if courts rule that departing...

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