Ceremony celebrates a decade of women priests in Church of England

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2004

LONDON (AP) Music by an all-female choir filled St. Paul's Cathedral as more than 100 women priests and 1,000 others marked a decade of women clergy in the Church of England.

A close 1992 General Synod vote opened the priesthood to women and the first ordinations occurred in 1994.

''Women priests have not unhinged the church,'' said the sermon by the Rev. Angela Tilby, vice president of Westcott House, a theological college. ''We have been part of a huge change, yet one which has clearly brought new life and confidence'' to churches and communities.

Synod policy allows bishops to refuse to ordain women and a minority of Anglicans traditionalists remains resolutely opposed.

The General Synod is now considering whether to allow women bishops.


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