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Episcopalians Favor Women Priests--Poll

July 13, 1985|Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A survey of Episcopalians found that strong majorities of bishops, clergy and laity favor the ordination of women to the priesthood--a practice allowed by the church since 1976.

The poll was made by the Gallup organization for the Prayerbook Society, which seeks to continue usage of a 1928 prayer book along with a 1979 revision. The poll found the laity strongly favors freedom to worship in either prayer book, while clergy are evenly split on the issue.

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