Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Russian Orthodox spokesman: female bishops in Church of England will harm ecumenical dialogue

Catholic World News - July 17, 2014

The chief ecumenical spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has issued a statement lamenting the decision by the Church of England to allow for female bishops.

"The Orthodox Church takes a negative stance on so-called female priesthood and female episcopacy," said Metropolitan Hilarion. He remarked that the decision "shuts for us the door to any discussion" of whether the Anglican communion has maintained apostolic succession in the episcopate.

Metropolitan Hilarion said that the decision reflects a liberal trend among many Protestant churches, moving further from Church traditions. "The space for dialogue is narrowing down at the fault of our partners," he said, "and it is with great regret that we have to state this."

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($26,805 to go):
$150,000.00 $123,194.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jul. 17, 2014 6:07 PM ET USA

    Both Roman and Orthodox churches are in agreement: the space for dialogue isn't large enough to make room for a shrew.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! 18 hours ago
Federal debt as a social-justice concern 20 hours ago
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17