Roy Bourgeois
Women and religion

According to the New Testament, women were among the earliest followers of Jesus and played an important role in early Christian communities. Even today, the "man in the pew" is likely to be a woman. But women in many Christian denominations continue to complain that they have been unable to break through what is sometimes called the stained-glass ceiling. Obviously, theology plays a part in this phenomenon, but so does the conviction -- found among believers and nonbelievers alike -- that this is a man's world. Last month, the Vatican informed the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, a Georgia priest and political activist, that he faced excommunication if he didn't repudiate his...