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Anglican Church celebrates 20 years of women priests

01 May 2014 | by Liz Dodd | Comments: 0

THE CHURCH of England is to celebrate today the twentieth anniversary of the ordin­ation of women as latest figures reveal that almost a third of all clergy are female. A majority of self-supporting clergy in the Church now are women – 1,480 compared to 1,461 men – while the number of full-time female clergy has risen by 41 per cent over the past decade. Self-supporting clergy are those not paid a salary by the Church of England to be priests and include those who have a job alongside their ministry.Women now make up almost a quarter of all full-time clergy in the Church of England while the number of male stipendiary clergy as a percentage of all diocesan clergy has dropped from 70 per cent in 2002 to just over half in 2012, according to the Church of England report &ldqu ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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