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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

Norway – women priests

Posted by Fr Mark on September 10, 2009



262px-Coat_of_Arms_of_Norway_svg200PX-~1More women priests in the Church of Norway  



From Norway Post, 09.09.09



ImageThere is an increasing number of women pastors in the Norwegian Lutheran State Church. 36 per cent of the pastors accepting a call last year, were women, according to the Department of Culture and Church Affairs.   In 2006, 19.3 per cent of all pastors in the State Church were women. In 1982 the number was 12 per cent, according to the newspaper Vaart Land.

In Oslo, 33.3 per cent of the State Church pastors are women, while in Agder and Telemark there are only 10.4 per cent women pastors.


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