A substitute priest in Sunnmøre that refuses to work with female colleagues may lose his job

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A substitute priest in Sunnmøre may lose his job because he refuses to work with female colleagues. He believes that women can not be priests.

Priest Vidar Nes Mygland was recently employed as a substitute priest in Ørskog for three months. Now, his statements in the local newspaper Bygdebladet and Sunnmørsposten have provoked reactions, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

Mygland told Bygdebladet that he believes women cannot be priests. He also told Sunnmørsposten that he does not want to hold religious service with female colleagues.

Consequences

Now Bishop Ingeborg Midttøme in the Møre diocese says that this could have consequences for the priest.

“He has no special agreement which would enable him to choose not to cooperate with female priests,” she told NRK, adding that it may result in the man having to quit the temporary position.

She states that she has had a long telephone conversation with him about the case. Mygland told NRK that he does not want to comment on the matter until he has talked more with the bishop.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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