A soccer game between Muslim imams and Christian priests at the end of a conference to promote interfaith dialogue was canceled Saturday because the teams could not agree on whether women priests should take part.After the imams refused to play with women, the priests agreed to drop the females from the Church's team. Shortly thereafter, however, as a Church of Norway spokesman recounts, that offer was withdrawn:
Hours before the game was to end the daylong "Shoulder to Shoulder" conference in Oslo, the church released a statement saying it had called off the match because it was sending the wrong signal.Caught between feminism and Islam--what an unhappy place to be. This is enrichment?
"Because we thought it would be a nice conclusion of the conference we didn't want to call it off, so we decided to stage an all-men team game instead," Tveit said. "We realize now that it will be wrong to have a priest team without women."