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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.

Sweden – women priests

Posted by Fr Mark on October 1, 2009

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From The

Published: 28 Jan 08

Fifty years after the Church of Sweden allowed women to become priests, more women than men are becoming ordained.

The first women were ordained in Sweden fifty years ago this year. Now, significantly more women than men are training to become Church of Sweden pastors. Between 1998 and 2008, 588 women and 331 men have been admitted to training courses for priests. More than one in three Church of Sweden pastors is now a woman, according to Dagens Nyheter.

The first women priests in Sweden were ordained in 1960, two years after the ban on women was lifted. The ordination of Margit Sahlin, Elisabeth Djurle and Ingrid Persson took place amid intense media scrutiny.

It was not until 1971 that Margit Sahlin became the first woman priest in Sweden to be given her own parish. Now, though, the role looks increasingly female-dominated.

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