By: Robin Murray-o'hair Re: Women's Rally for Priesthood WOMEN RALLY TO JOIN PRIESTHOOD WH

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By: Robin Murray-o'hair Re: Women's Rally for Priesthood WOMEN RALLY TO JOIN PRIESTHOOD WHAT'S NEXT? BLACKS TO JOIN KKK? According to the Australian Association Press (3/25/95), Women and the Australian Church (WATAC) sponsored a protest in Melbourne on March 25 to demand that women be allowed to become priests. More than 300 people took part in the rally, which included a cross-carrying procession. WATAC spokeswoman Annie Cantwell-Bartle said that "The church is in a state of crisis -- only 17 per cent of Catholics are actually attending church." The solution, according to Ms. Cantwell-Bartle, is for the church to give greater authority to women in its hierarchy and to ordain women as priests. Sexism is one of the roots of Roman Catholic thought. It was a father of the church, Tertullian, in fact, who said of women: "Woman, thou should ever walk in mourning and rags, thy eyes full of tears, present the aspect of repentance to induce forgetfulness of your having ruined the human race. Woman, thou are the Gate of Hell!"

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