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US diocesan leaders have their say on the role of women
    Women in diocesan leadership positions in the United States say their participation in church decision-making is sometimes hindered by sexist attitudes, church structures or the strident voices of women themselves, according to a new survey.
    The results were compiled by the Life Cycle Institute of The Catholic University of America in Washington from questionnaires sent to 378 women in 128 dioceses who had been identified by their bishops as diocesan leaders.
    The aim of the survey, which was released last Tuesday, was to "examine how women's voices are heard in church decision-making," said Archbishop John G. Vlazny, Chairman of the US bishops' Committee on Women in Society and in the Church, in a letter sent to bishops with the survey results.