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RISE OF WOMEN IN THE CLERGY.

WOMEN are slowly being allowed a greater role as ordained ministers in the Anglican Communion - and are becoming increasingly accepted.

By becoming archdeacon, Shirley Griffiths has effectively risen to the most senior rank currently possible in the Church in Wales as women still cannot take the position of bishop.

However, the way has been paved in Anglicanism for women to become bishops and in some parts of the world, this has already happened.

In 1996, the Church in Wales approved the ordination of women - a few years after the Church of England.

The journey of women to ministry in the church began in 1861 when they were appointed as deaconesses - but were not considered ordained clergy.

Some provinces within the Anglican Communion, such as the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, the Anglican Church of New Zealand, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of Australia, ordain women as deacons, priests and bishops, while a number of other provinces have removed bars to women bishops, but have not yet consecrated any.

The Roman Catholic Church continues to refuse to ordain women as priests, leading to a number of traditional Anglicans choosing to convert to Catholicism.

The argument against ordaining women is based mainly on the fact that all 12 apostles of Jesus were male and Biblical passages indicating that men are the ones to lead and teach others.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2010
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