Religion: The Second Reformation

Admission to the priesthood is just one issue as feminism rapidly emerges as the most vexing thorn for Christianity

Not since King Henry VIII broke with the papacy 458 years ago has the normally decorous Church of England known such passion as it did last week, when it swept away by a margin of two votes the rule that only men may serve as Anglican priests. Despite pleas for prayer and calm, the controversy will echo throughout the Anglican Communion, and reverberate through all of Christianity, for years to come. On one side are those who believe that the mission of Christ's church is damaged when half its members are denied the chance to use their God-given gifts. On the...

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