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Poland: the Synod of the Evangelical Church says no to women priests

On Saturday, April 2nd, the Synod of the Polish Evangelical Church rejected the proposal that would like to introduce women priests. Since 1999, in the Polish Evangelical church, women have been able to rise to the rank of deacon, but, even if the debate on women priests has been going on for over 70 years and despite theological obstacles to women’s priesthood, most of the 38 members of the Synod turned it down. In the Evangelical Church, women have been able, after suitable theological studies, to play some roles in the Magisterium since 1963 and some services related to God’s Word (marriages, funerals, baptisms, assisting in the delivery of the Eucharist) since 1999. In Poland, the Evangelical Church has 11 women deacons among 154 priests, in 133 parishes that take care of the spiritual needs of about 70 thousand devotees. The largest of the six dioceses is the Cieszyn one, with 37 thousand devotees.

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