NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 16, 1976
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(Studio) Women priests big issue in Episcopal Church; earlier in week,house of bishops voted for it;house of deputies votes today. Would be biggest change since King Henry VIII.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Minneapolis, Minnesota) (Film shown of women priests conducting service in Philadelphia, July 29, 1974.) Women seeking ordination say they're no different from men. [Virginia Theological Seminary representative Patricia PARK - says she didn't come from nowhere, but through family, and has responded to call she's heard.] Some bishops say only men can rightly serve as priests. [Dallas, Texas, Bishop Robert TERWILLIGER - says women priests aren't priests and if allowed to practice, would cause division in church.] [BISHOPS - vote on issue.] Vote is in favor of ordination. House of deputies, considered more conservative of 2 bodies, votes today; have already voted against putting off question till next year
REPORTER: Mike Jackson
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