Archbishop of Canterbury Says He Now Backs Ordination of Women

Associated Press

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who once had voiced doubts about the wisdom of ordaining women, said on a recent visit to Australia that “the movement of the Spirit” favors such ordinations.

Women are now ordained in some branches of the worldwide Anglican communion, such as in the U.S. Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada, but not in most other branches or in the “mother” Church of England.

Archbishop Robert Runcie said he has concluded the arguments in favor of women’s ordination are stronger than any against it.