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Few women preferred in 2005

Sir, - Your readers may be interested to note that among the senior clerical appointments listed by the Church Times in 2005 ( Year in Review, 30 December), only two appointments were of women.

Of these, one has been appointed as an archdeacon, and the other as the warden of a theological college. This constitutes three per cent of the appointments quoted.

Since nearly a quarter of Church of England priests are women, we could deduce that the Church is still pursuing a policy of mere tokenism regarding the appointment of women to senior positions.

Or might it be that ordained women have a quite different idea of what constitutes a significant post?
CATHERINE WILLIAMS
Abbey House, Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5SR

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