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ordination of women

ordination of women Official recognition of women as priests or ministers by a church. In Christianity, the ban on women as full members of the clergy has persisted in some churches, notably the Roman Catholic Church. During the 20th century, however, many Protestant churches began to admit women first as deacons and later as priests. The General Synod of the Church of England agreed that there was no theological objection to women priests in 1975; but because of opposition, the necessary church legislation was not passed until 1992. The first women priests were ordained in 1994.

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