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Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 11/21/2011

Poll: Should girls be allowed to be altar servers?


A parish bulletin from Rev. Michael Taylor announcing his decision to discontinue training for altar girls. (Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)
At Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Loudoun County, girls cannot be altar servers.

Corpus Christi’s priest, Rev. Michael Taylor, decided last fall that the positions--first opened to girls at the church in 2006--should be reserved for boys only.

He argued that the training could lead to more boys becoming Catholic priests, bolstering dwindling numbers in the clergy. Training for girls was halted.

But Taylor’s decision caused an uproar in the community and nationwide from people who saw the exclusion as discrimination. People wrote letters of protest. On Sunday, a prayer vigil was scheduled for outside the offices of the Arlington Catholic Diocese, where about 60 percent of parishes, including Corpus Christi, do not allow girls to serve.

Tell us: Should girls be allowed to be altar servers? Or do you agree with Taylor’s decision to focus altar training on boys who can become priests?

Take our poll and leave your comments below.

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