For the Chicago Sun-Times, the question of whether to ordain women as preachers has only one right answer.
In a story headlined "Female ministers find obstacles on path to pulpit," the Sun-Times makes it clear which direction it leans:
Carol Jamieson Brown was in her early 20s when she told her pastor she had answered a call from God to pursue ministry and enrolled in seminary.
But he put the brakes on her plans — he didn’t acknowledge women ministers.
“He had been my pastor since I was 5 years old,” Brown said. “So it was like your father telling you that God didn’t call you. He had to be right, and I had to be wrong. There was no room for him to be wrong in my life.”
Many years later, she found room. Today she is pastor of First Baptist Church of Park Forest and among those who’ve made cracks in a stained-glass ceiling that continues to block women clergy and is nowhere close to being shattered.
In this story, "progress" is defined in terms of whether churches allow women in the pulpit or not.