DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     September 1, 1998     vol. 9, no. 171

from a CATHOLIC perspective

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          LONDON (CWNews.com) - An Anglican priest, upset over his denomination's ordaining of his wife -- and women in general -- as a priest, has announced he will become to Catholic, The Times of London newspaper reported on Friday.

          The Rev. Fred Bonham, 61, said his relationship with his wife, Valerie, 51, is in jeopardy or in question, but he said he could no longer accept the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Church of England. Valerie is presently an ordained deacon working in her husband's parish as a curate, but is scheduled to be ordained as priest in December.

          Bonham said he had no problems with having his wife work as an ordained deacon, but he could not accept the ministry of women as priests. Of his wife's desire to become a priest, he said: "You must be tolerant of the other person's convictions. She is doing what she wants to do and I must allow her that freedom."

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September 1, 1998       volume 9, no. 171


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