Tuesday, February 7, 2012

More New Women Priests Than Men for First Time; Church of England Ordained More Women in 2010

The Telegraph (British) website reports today (February 7, 2012) that more female priests have joined the Church of England than male priests for the first time.

Official figures show that 290 women were ordained in 2010 -- the most recent year for which figures are available. By contrast, only 273 men entered the priesthood.

The new figures have become available less than 20 years since the Church of England first allowed women to be priests.

Overall, there were still more than twice as many ordained men (8,087) as women (3,535) in 2010. The figures also reveal that most of the women priests are "self-supporting" rather than having full-time clergy jobs.