Two thousand years ago, St. Paul wrote against women holding church leadership positions. Indeed, he even advised that some especially talkative female parishioners should quiet down, for God's sake.
Ah, what a change a millennium or two can make, according to Barna Group researchers.
In results released recently as part of wider-ranging study of women in power positions, Barna found that 79 percent of respondents questioned Sept. 12-19, 2016, said they were comfortable worshipping under a female priest or pastor.
Broken down by gender, 84 percent of women and 75 percent of men accepted female clergy.
When denominational groups were mined, Catholics — despite traditionally having an all-male priesthood — registered 80 percent approval for the idea of a female priest.