Cut From The Wrong Cloth

Many women are seeking a larger role in church affairs, but Catholic bishops cannot seem to agree on what those responsibilities should be

IT TOOK AMERICA'S ROMAN CATHOLIC bishops three years to develop a scheme for ending the nuclear arms race. They needed six years to produce a master plan for reforming capitalism. But it has become an unending struggle for the men of the hierarchy to come up with a coherent policy on women to guide their flock of 58 million. The bishops are already into their ninth year of trying to agree on a pastoral letter, and the longer it takes, the more rancorous the debates become. Feminist lobbyists, antifeminist lobbyists, even a few bishops, proclaim the project a disaster and say...

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