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Orthodox Church cautions on ordination of female deacon

May 20, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: An Orthodox prelate who ordained a woman as a deacon apparently acted without approval from ecclesiastical superiors.

Metropolitan Seraphim of Zimbabwe ordained a female deacon on May 2. But the Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria, to which he is subject, has released a statement saying that although a Synod meeting in 2016 decided to “revive and activate the institution of deaconesses,” that decision was “referred for further study” before implementation, and the “the examination of the matter by the Synod has not been completed for a final decision.”

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  • Posted by: dcnmthompson7484 - May. 22, 2024 10:16 AM ET USA

    Im pretty done with the entire idea of women entering male spaces and men entering female spaces. And, I mean that conceptually, like men in drag, 'chest-feeding' and female sports - let women be women. GOd ordained women to bring forth life and be mothers - any 'true' feminist ideology cannot be taken logically if it denies ones self. COnversely, men need to step up to their duties as men, who lead, minister and suffer as CHrist did for his bride. Differently respected. Better together.

  • Posted by: feedback - May. 21, 2024 11:15 AM ET USA

    Very weak statement on an obvious subversion of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.