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Finland: Catholic, Orthodox leaders criticize selection of woman as Lutheran bishop

Catholic World News - June 11, 2010

Finland’s sole Catholic bishop has criticized the nation’s Lutheran community for electing its first female bishop. Irja Askola will become the Lutheran bishop of Helsinki, the nation's capital.

“We are sorry to see that a woman was picked to serve as a bishop,” said Catholic bishop Teemu Sippo. “We have nothing personal against Irja Askola, but this decision breaks with tradition.”

“As a theological decision, it is a step away from efforts toward unity,” added Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland, the head of the Finnish Orthodox Church.

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jun. 11, 2010 8:35 AM ET USA

    The Lutherans already broke with Tradition in 1517.

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