Shortly before being installed March 27 as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rev. George R. Carey has come under fire from some traditionalists for supporting the ordination of women.

"The idea that only a male can represent Christ at the altar is a most serious heresy," he said in an interview to be published in the forthcoming Reader's Digest.He said the implications of that position are "devastating and destructive because it means women feel totally excluded." He pointed out that women shared in Jesus' ministry and were witnesses to his resurrection.

Carey's comments rankled the Cost of Conscience Movement, formed to oppose ordination of women in England.