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...

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