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US Catholic newspaper calls for ordination of women

Published on Dec 4, 2012 7:18 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - An independent Roman Catholic newspaper in the United States (US) called on Monday for a campaign to reverse the Vatican's refusal to allow women to become priests.

"Barring women from ordination to the priesthood is an injustice that cannot be allowed to stand," the National Catholic Reporter said, waving a red flag in front of the Vatican over one of its most strongly held teachings.

The call to the priesthood "is a gift from God", it said, and excluding women from responding to that call "has no strong basis in Scripture or any other compelling rationale".

With bishops and theologians on record as opposing women's ordination, the Missouri-based biweekly - a respected voice of the Church's reformist wing - said it now fell upon the faith's rank and file to press for change.

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