Magazine article Anglican Journal

Rome Gives Women Different Receptions

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Rome Gives Women Different Receptions

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RAPHOE, IRELAND -- In an interesting twist on the flight to Rome of Church of England priests because of the ordination of women issue, an (Anglican) Church of Ireland woman priest has become a Roman Catholic.

The Tablet magazine reports Rev. Phyllis Fleury, one of the Church of Ireland's first woman priest, said her decision was prompted by "the warmth of Catholicism" through an experience at a Franciscan friary at Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, where she felt "love, inclusiveness and devotion."

The Christian Century reports that Ms Fleury, a retired medical doctor, who was ordained in 1991, accepts the Roman Catholic ban on women priests. She said she now understands why many Anglicans objected to the innovation, and now sees the establishment of the Anglican Communion, and the Reformation in general, as a break from "the true church."

Ms Fleury said her decision has been emotionally costly and that she wrestled with doubts for months before leaving her congregation in Donegal.

Meanwhile, Ecumenical News International reports that a 65-year-old woman claims that she was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1970 in the underground church in then-Communist Czechoslovakia. …

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