CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 17, 1976
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(Studio) Ldrship. of Episcopal Church authorizes ordination of women as priests. Debate among church members conts.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Minneapolis, Minnesota) [Archbishop of Canterbury F. Donald COGGAN - says out of tension of debates and differences, music will come.] Archbishop came to Minnesota to urge Episcopalians here to put aside differences over women priests; some women deacons now eligible to become priests concerned with regard to what church action really means. Canon law change only says they can be ordained, but doesn't require it. [Deacon Helen HAVENS - says vote can't force bishop to ordain women or force local Epis. church to accept woman deacon or priest.] Opposition to measure noted. [Bishop Robert TERWILLIGER - says it's contrary to will of God.] Case of Deacon Peggy Muncie cited. [MUNCIE - says she doesn't want to leave bishop in Long Island; wants to give him the opportunity to ordain her.] -[Long Island, New York Bishop Robert WITCHER - says he'll do what God tells him.] Many of women now eligible to be priests say they may wait till issue has time to die down before trying for ordination, because of bishops' division on issue.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser