From The Publisher: Nov. 23, 1992

Sometimes an issue that has been simmering for years comes into sharp focus. This autumn the role that women play in the church is causing turmoil in two large, parallel denominations, the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. Last week Anglicans voted to ordain women as priests, and this week American Catholic bishops meet in Washington to discuss a pastoral letter on women's participation in the faith.

John Moody, our Rome bureau chief, covered the Vatican for this week's story and found it a complicated test of wills. "Approaching the Vatican is in itself an exercise in diplomacy. The...

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