STRIKE OF MINISTERS
"The Church of Denmark Abroad" has a little paper published in Sydney. From it we learn that a bill has been introduced into the Danish Parliament proposing to allow women to hold office in the Church. The Church in Denmark (as in England) is controlled by Parliament. There comes the following news item:—
Copenhagen.—A "strike" of 500 clergymen belonging to the Inner Mission of the Danish State Lutheran Church has been threatened if women are permitted to enter the Lutheran ministry.
The threat was made by Pastor Christian Bartholdy, chairman of the Inner Mission, who declared he is "absolutely opposed" to women as clergymen and asserted that if they are permitted to take holy orders he will call a protest strike of pastors.
The question of women clergymen came to the fore recently when all but one of Denmark's nine Lutheran Bishops announced they will refuse to ordain a young woman theological graduate who wants to become the country's first minister of her sex. The woman is Miss Johanna Anderson, who has been offered a post as minister by a Lutheran congregation at Noerre Alslev, Falster, if she is properly ordained.
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