Church of Norway: Priests can’t refuse to work with female clergy colleagues

Olav Fykse TveitPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

The Church of Norway has stated that a priest can’t refuse to cooperate with female priest colleagues, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

At a press conference on Friday, Preses of the Bishops’ Conference of the Church of Norway Olav Fykse Tveit emphasized that differences in opinions cannot make service difficult for others.

If there are priests who do not want to cooperate with female colleagues, they must take the initiative to have a conversation with the bishop.

Preventing “female colleagues from being harmed”

“It is up to the individual bishop which measures are to be taken in such cases. These measures will prevent female colleagues from being harmed,” Tveit said, according to NRK.

The statement comes after a former parish priest in Lærdal, Helene Langeland, said that male priest colleagues boycotted her.

The position was voiced after the episcopal conference. 

Twelve bishops gather for the conference three times a year. 

The bishops’ meeting deals with doctrinal matters in the Church of Norway.

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