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Belgian Cardinal's women clergy comments reported

Australian newspapers are today reporting comments of Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels that appear to favour consideration of the issue of women's ordination.

"Two of my substitutes are women. I therefore cannot see why a women could not lead a Catholic congregation," said the cardinal, who is also archbishop of Brussels, in remarks quoted by the Katholiek Nederland website.

"Today the power structure within the church is male, but it does not necessarily have to remain that way," he said.

"Even if the Church is clearly male in its composition... we do not refer to 'Our Father the Church' but to 'Our Mother the Church'," he said, stressing that the Catholic church had certain inherently "feminine" aspects.

The Australian/AAP

Katholiek Nederland
Catholic Bishops Conference of Belgium
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8 Sep 2003