NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 17, 1976
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(Studio) Thursday Episcopal Church voted to allow ordination of women as priests and bishops; today reaction mixed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Minneapolis, Minnesota) Supporters of measure say women finally getting what they deserve, for own good and good of church. [Priest Carter HEYWARD - says church has lost many women and many people have waited long time for church to stand up for women's personhood.] Ordination is dependent on bishops, all of whom are men; some say they won't ordain women. [Georgia Bishop Paul REEVES - says it's theological argument based on scripture and tradition of church.] [Episcopal priest Sister Alla Bozardh-CAMPBELL - says she thanks God convention has left it up to individual bishop's conscience.] [PRIEST - prays for unity of church.] Ldrship. says divisions over issue will heal. [Presiding Bishop John ALLIN - says church has gotten over period when, if factions disagreed, church was divided.] Supporters of change say now pressure for women priests will be even greater on Roman Catholic church.
REPORTER: Mike Jackson