NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 30, 1977
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(Studio) Report with regard to division in Episcopal Church with regard to ordination of women as priests.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Background of schism in Episcopal Church, over right of women to be priests, given; national convention vote in favor of move, in Minneapolis in September, 1976, noted. Film shown. [MAN - reports vote.] [Bishop River TERWILLIGER - says women can't be priests; describes problems it would create in church to allow it.] Previous schisms in church came with England's Henry VIII, when he created it with split from Roman Catholics, and with John Wesley's Methodist movement Fev. James Mote, of Saint Mary's Church in Denver, is leader of national secessionist movement [MOTE - cites lack of biblical exs. of ordained women.] Attempts by church's council of bishops to keep peace in church detailed. [Bishop John COBURN - says that from beginnings of deliberations in Episcopal Church, it's been understood that no conscience is to be coerced. Says Christians are to support each other in conscientious differences.] [Reverend Suzanne HIATT - cites concerns with regard to bishops' conscience statement.] [Reverend Carter HEYWARD - says clause gives bishops and dioceses right to discriminate against women.] Women priests' concerns that right to be priests will be revoked at 1979 general convention stated. [HEYWARD - states reasoning for woman being as much representative of God as man is.]
REPORTER: Richard Hunt
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