Denmark now has its
seventh woman priest - Mrs. Ulla Heje who is to serve in?
Denmark now has its
Q. "The question of women priests
has for some years been discussed in several countries. We hear the Danish
minister, Mrs. Bodil Knok...... and Mrs. Kock, what is your principal views of
A. "Personally, I have never been
able to see that there is a problem at all. I think, I simply (sic) cannot
imagine that Christian men or women who wants to serve Christ. Nowadays we have
such huge problems arriving for Christianity for the Christian churches all over
the world. Of course here in Denmark we have discussed that question for years
and years but already in 1947 we passed a law allowing women to be priests. We
have had since, seven working very well for many years and just in this days
(sic) appointed a sixth woman - a married woman with a child."
Q. "Would she be able to continue her Christian work, serving the
churches, expecting a news child?"
A. "I should think
so, isn't it natural to be a mother as to be a father?".
Q. "I see. Mrs. Kock is it your impression that the system has had
success in the Danish population?"
certainly. My sincere opinion.?"
Q. "Well, I think it
has been very interesting to hear your point of view. Thank you."
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Background: Denmark now has its
seventh woman priest - Mrs. Ulla Heje who is to serve in a church outside
Copenhagen. This appointment of a married woman with a child as a priest in the
Church of Denmark has revived the controversy about the issue of women priests.
Visnews filmed an interview recently with Danish minister, Mrs. Bodil Knok, to
record her views on the question.
Although women in Denmark have won the right to become priests, the decision
threatens to become an international issue in the church. Much bitterness has
been caused, not only in denmark, but in other European countries. Some Danish
churches refuse to allow women priests to officiate. In Sweden, the church has
decided to admit women to priesthood, but so far none have applied for
Dr. Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, recently sent a "Personal and Private"
letter to the church of Sweden pointing out that the Communion between the
churches of Sweden and England allowed Swedish priests to conduct services in
England. This he maintained, would cause embarrassment in England where women
are not allowed to conduct services.