Religion: Breaking Up the Men's Club

The Church of England moves toward obtaining women priests

It has only been for the past four decades that women were permitted to sing in parish choirs. So when the General Synod of the Church of England convened a historic session last week in Church House at Westminster Abbey, supporters of a motion to allow women priests had reason to worry. After all, a similar proposal had failed in 1978. Archbishop of York John Habgood, who favored the change, was calling it "deeply divisive." Another liberal, Bishop Hugh Montefiore, had prepared a half-a-loaf amendment...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!