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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE September High-ranking church official says women oppressed Bishops claim priesthood ceremony invalid CHICAGO (Reuter) Alison Cheek, a 47-year-old mother, said sadly, "My only crime is that I was born female." Her "crime" threatens to rob Mrs. Cheek and 10 other women of becoming priests in the United States Episcopal Church, an issue which has divided the church members and may have repercussions for millions of fellow- Anglicans throughout the world. Some 128 bishops of the Episcopal Church, at a meeting here, approved a resolution which declared the ordination of the 11 women as priests at a ceremony in Philadelphia was invalid. The bishops maintained their decision was not based on sexual grounds but on the argument that the ordination of the women violated the constitution of the church and canon laws because they did not have the permission of their bishops. The highest-ranking lay official of the church, Dr. Charles Willie, resigned his church posts in protest against what he described as the inhumane way the church has treated women. "To carry out the unjust laws of this church which do not affirm the right of females to be priests and bishops is to visit oppression upon the he said. Ten of the women have issued a state- ment saying they cannot accept the deci- sion of the bishops and have accused them of aggravating conflict and disunity within the church. "Each of us will make her own decision as to how and when to affirm the priesthood she knows to be they said. Members of the Roman Catholic Church have given strong indications that the or- dination of women as priests of the Epis- copal Church might present an obstacle to the dialogue between the Catholic and the world Anglican churches on strengthening unity. Sister Alia Bozarth-Campbell, one of the 11 women, declared: "The church is say- ing that being female is a birth defect." Carter Hayward, another of the women ordained in the Philadelphia ceremony, said a young priest had told her, "I hope you burn in hell." Miss Hayward added, "They might call us all the names in the world, but that is better than being in- visible." The 128 bishops had met originally to decide whether any action should be taken against the four bishops who took part in the ordination ceremony. BISHOPS REBUKED They delivered only a mild rebuke of their fellow bishops, including two who had retired and a third who had resigned his bishopric. "We believe they are wrong. We decry their acting in violation of the legislative process of the whole the bishops said. They then declared the ordination of the women was invalid. Some of the bishops said afterwards they were not opposed to women becoming priests but felt the constitution of the church had to be changed first. Such a move is not expected to be con- sidered before September, 1976, when the general convention, the governing body of the church which includes clerical and lay members as well as the bishops, meets in Minneapolis. Bishops who support the ban on women priests have quoted Paul as saying: "Let the women learn in silence with all subjec- tion. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." They point out that all Christ's disciples were men. Canon Erwin Soukup of Chicago said Paul lived in a male or pa- triarchal society and could not envision in his time the question of women as priests. Episcopal women have been moving up toward priestly rank since 1970 when the church first allowed them to become dea- cons. The church now has 120 women deacons, who can perform baptism and marriage ceremonies and preach. But only priests can give blessings or absolution or consecrate the elements of communion. Herald Family Woman city solicitor honored by appointment SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. !CP) City solicitor Lori Staples views her appoint- ment to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) as an honor, a challenge and "a bit of a ?hock." "It is a kind of spine- .jngling sensation to be the "irst woman on the ?he said. "It'll be a real challenge to ic on the other side of the Miss Staples, 37, took a land use control course when she studied law at the University of Toronto. "I never dreamed I'd have the opportunity to do that kind of work." She is less eager to move. sack to Toronto. F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th Ave. A and 13th ST. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. 9 Cards for 1.00 or 25C Each Three 7 Number Games JACKPOT Free Games and Free Cards DOOR PRIZE Gold cards pay double money CtiMmnrivlSHtKlnNd "I've had nightmares about living in a tiny apartment again." She is sorry to leave her re- decorated house which she fix- ed up as a hobby, and will miss the friendly atmosphere of Sault Ste. Marie. CABBIE GAVE ADVICE "People stop me on the street to talk. Some even hold up traffic to shout out congratulations. "A taxi driver even gave me advice on how to sell my home." Miss Staples considers her appointment to the OMB is part of a general drive to find qualified women for senior government positions. She agrees with the Ontario Status of Women council that the government should lead the way in recruiting qualified women. The 16-man OMB is being expanded to 26 members to handle an increased workload. Most appointments are made through applications, but Miss Staples never even thought to apply. "I consider it quite an honor. It was a bit of a shock to be asked." 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Dr. McEwan said emotional stress is suffered to some degree, at some time in life, by almost everybody. She said that persons in the public eye are under special pressure to always appear pleasant, happy and efficient, and they are not allowed "to have ups and downs, blue days and cranky days." She said the public develops an image of a public person and expects the person always to fit that image. WALTER KERBER photo An act of nature Mother Nature never ceases to bring out beauty in our parks and valleys. Here, a small tree is starting to grow out of an old stump. THE BETTER HALF Japanese women police excellent TOKYO (AP) Japanese women today are collaring smugglers and pickpockets and having illegally parked cars hauled away. They're doing it and without abuse oral or the male population of Tokyo. In fact, Inspector Fumiko Niki said: "There are a number of po- lice duties women perform bette.- than men." Most women are in traffic control, others staff the police emergency phone line, the juvenile delinquency and the criminal investigation sec- tions. There are about female police officers in Tokyo, compared with New York's 700. "I've always had a yearning to be in the said of- ficer Hitomi Ebina, 23, as she manoeuvred Minipatrol Car No. 2 down a street crowded with illegally parked automobiles. What incentive is there for today's fragile flowers to ex- change kimono and zori or blue jeans and sneakers for a patrolwoman's uniform? For one thing, they take home about twice the national average salary. Starting police officers with a high school diploma earn a month in Tokyo. The national average for a woman with the same education is about While Japan still maintains Western stan- social and legal dis- crimination against women, police work is one of the few fields offering a semblance of equality, particularly in the pay and promotions department. 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