Religion: A Yes to Women

Three major branches of world Christendom have held out against ordaining women to full clergy rank: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Anglicanism. The Anglicans have been wrestling over the issue, however, and last week the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada (membership: 1 million) voted overwhelmingly to allow female priests. The breakthrough in Canada is bound to make waves in other provinces of the Anglican Communion, notably the U.S. Episcopal Church, which is deep in an emotionally charged debate over women priests and faces a decision on the matter at its convention next year.


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