Religion: Small War in Sweden

A pregnant woman minister, argued one antifeminist, would not bring a properly austere authority to the pulpit (replied the women: fat male ministers are hardly more inspiring). Other male supremacists somberly recounted the roles taken by priestesses (a distasteful word, sniffed the women ) in ancient orgiastic cults.

Occasion for the argument: the Church Meeting of the state Lutheran church of Sweden, considering a proposal to permit women ministers. Two years ago the Swedish Parliament recommended ordination of women (at the time, one diehard stormed that he would never confess* to a female...

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