SWEDEN - Female Priests Outnumber Male Counterparts

Arno Froese

For the first time in history, Swedish female priests outnumber their male counterparts, sixty years after they were first allowed to don the clerical collar, the Church of Sweden said.

Of the 3,060 priests currently serving in Sweden, 1,533 are female, or 50.1 percent, according to Cristina Grenholm, secretary for the Church of Sweden.

In Sweden, ministers in the Church of Sweden have the title of priest, while those serving in parishes outside the former State Church are referred to as pastors.

-www.france24.com/en, 22 July 2020

Arno's commentary

The Church of Sweden Lutheran Confession is listed as representing 60.2% of Sweden’s population; another 8.5% are made up of Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist. A large percentage, 31.3%, are specified as non-religious.

Sweden is one of the super-liberal nations in the world. Their life expectancy stands at 82.4 years, with a very low rate of infant mortality at 2.6 per 1,000 live births, which testifies to an excellent healthcare system. The per capita GDP for 2017 is listed at $51,200. Exports stand at $165.6 billion, with imports $153.2 billion.

It is of interest that we read in Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”; however, the office of church leadership is reserved for the male, according to 1 Timothy 3:1-2: “This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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