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Other women told me they hope men will see the light.

“They’ll wake up,” predicted the Rev. Joy Vernon, a Canadian priest ordained in 1989. “Jesus Christ ministered to women way beyond the culture of His day.”

“We’re not going to go away,” a female priest told me. “Women have been patient since the beginning of time.”

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