Latest Ordination of women Stories

2006-06-18 16:58:15

By Jim Leckrone COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church on Sunday chose Bishop Katharine Schori as its new leader, the first woman to head the 2.3 million-member denomination since its founding in colonial times. Her election came 30 years after the Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, approved the ordination of women to the priesthood. Schori, who holds degrees in biology and oceanography and taught religious studies at Oregon State...

2006-03-03 09:03:55

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict has indicated that women might be allowed to have positions of greater responsibility in the ministry of the Catholic Church but reaffirmed that they could not become priests. The Pope's comments were found in a transcript released by the Vatican on Friday, a day after he made them in a closed-door meeting with priests from the Rome diocese. During the meeting, which took the form of a question and answer session, a priest asked why the Church...

2006-01-16 08:27:14

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - A Church of England report paved the way on Monday for a female Archbishop of Canterbury but said that having a woman as spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans was still a long way off. As a first step, women bishops could be ordained by the year 2012, it added, but not before an elaborate compromise is worked out to placate opponents. The issue of whether women should be allowed to break through the so-called "stained glass ceiling" to take...

2005-08-22 09:09:14

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Roman Catholic church has for the first time allowed a former Anglican minister who is married with two children to be ordained as a priest. David Evans, 65, from Zimbabwe has converted to Catholicism and the Vatican has approved his ordination, the Tenerife Diocese, where Fr. Evans has been assigned, said on Monday. "Of course, David Evans will continue to be married to his wife, Patricia, after his ordination as a priest," the diocese added in a...

2005-07-11 13:53:28

LONDON (Reuters) - The Church of England voted on Monday to move toward ordaining women bishops, a step which could provoke an exodus of conservative clergy and deepen the widening splits within the worldwide Anglican Communion. A synod meeting in the city of York voted to "remove legal obstacles" in Church law to women bishops, a process Church officials say could take about four years to complete. All three houses of the synod -- the church's parliament -- voted in favor. The most senior...

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