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May-28-96

Old Catholic Church in Germany Ordains Two Women

Two women were ordained as priests in the Old Catholic Church in Konstanz, Germany. Angela Berlis, 33, is a theologian and Regina Pickel-Bossau, 48, is a teacher. The ordination ceremony highlighted the divisions in the Catholic church, coming less than three weeks before a scheduled visit by Pope John Paul II who has opposed the ordination of women using the strongest language possible short of declaring infallible dogma. The Old Catholic Church -- the first Catholic body to admit women as priests -- has about 230,000 members worldwide while the Roman Catholic Church claims 1 billion members.

Media Resources: The New York Times - May 28, 1996