Talk:Ordination of Women

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Keeping in mind that this is likely to be a divisive topic, I've moved this section from [[Ordination]] to its own page.
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What has the Deacon/Deaconess possibly have to do with the Priest? If there were (and, thank goodness, still are) Deaconesses in the Gr&Rus Churches, why then, in some two millenia of historical existence, have these Churches never ordained Priestesses? (if they considered them "equal to the Apostles" -- which they very much do).  
  
I've also removed this paragraph from the text of the article:
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To say that the Orthodox don't think that the Priest represents the Father/Son is missinformed & missinforming. Have You ever read St. Ignatius? "''Have the Bishop like unto you as the Father, the Deacons as the Son, and the Deaconesses as the Holy Spirit''" ... and "''Have the Bishop like unto you as Christ, and the Priests as the Apostles''".
  
:''The role of women has been limited in other ways also. Despite extensive participation by women in the first century as deacons, apostles, evangelists, and teachers, in the second century the church offically adopted policies that forbade women from preaching and teaching. However, they served as deaconesses from the first to the twelfth century, reading prayers for the sick.  The Orthodox service book still contains the service for ordination of women to the diaconate.''
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Furthermore, Jesus Christ is a Person, Who has also a human Nature. Human nature ''can'' be "masculine '''or''' feminin", but a human person ''cannot'' be "masculine '''or''' feminin", but "'''either''' masculin, '''or''' feminin". (Now, the Priest is a Person, not a Nature -- to say otherwise means to be a little bit Nestorian in Theology).
  
There are a number of serious historical issues here that need to be addressed -- but they should be discussed at a different level. I think we want to aim for a descriptive approach, being very sensitive to [[OrthodoxWiki:Style_Manual#Neutrality_and_the_OrthodoxWiki_Bias|NPOV]]. The paragraph above contains assertions, evidently based  based on secondary literature. Instead, I think we should begin with the primary sources and then present the various interpretations of these things, citing ''who'' is saying what. I think this kind o documentary overview is an important part of what OrthodoxWiki is about. I don't want it to look like OrthodoxWiki is advocating one position over another, but rather is simply documenting the discussions that are taking place. [[User:FrJohn|Fr. John]]
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The Bishop is like unto the Father, because he is the source of all Priesthood, just like the Father is the source of all Godhead (the Bishop is responsable for the ordination of Priests, either to "sacerdotal Priesthood", through Holy Orders, or to "general Priesthood", through Baptism&Consecration). The source in the Trinity is the Father, NOT the Holy Ghost, Who issues from the Father. (Are we considering here two sources in the Trinity? Are we "Spirituquists", or something ?)
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We can see in the Priest the Image of the Father, or that of Christ's Person, ... what we ''cannot'' do is to see in the Priest the Image of the Holy Ghost.

Revision as of 07:52, July 20, 2006

What has the Deacon/Deaconess possibly have to do with the Priest? If there were (and, thank goodness, still are) Deaconesses in the Gr&Rus Churches, why then, in some two millenia of historical existence, have these Churches never ordained Priestesses? (if they considered them "equal to the Apostles" -- which they very much do).

To say that the Orthodox don't think that the Priest represents the Father/Son is missinformed & missinforming. Have You ever read St. Ignatius? "Have the Bishop like unto you as the Father, the Deacons as the Son, and the Deaconesses as the Holy Spirit" ... and "Have the Bishop like unto you as Christ, and the Priests as the Apostles".

Furthermore, Jesus Christ is a Person, Who has also a human Nature. Human nature can be "masculine or feminin", but a human person cannot be "masculine or feminin", but "either masculin, or feminin". (Now, the Priest is a Person, not a Nature -- to say otherwise means to be a little bit Nestorian in Theology).

The Bishop is like unto the Father, because he is the source of all Priesthood, just like the Father is the source of all Godhead (the Bishop is responsable for the ordination of Priests, either to "sacerdotal Priesthood", through Holy Orders, or to "general Priesthood", through Baptism&Consecration). The source in the Trinity is the Father, NOT the Holy Ghost, Who issues from the Father. (Are we considering here two sources in the Trinity? Are we "Spirituquists", or something ?)

We can see in the Priest the Image of the Father, or that of Christ's Person, ... what we cannot do is to see in the Priest the Image of the Holy Ghost.

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