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Ordination of Women

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:''As a man I cannot conceive... is that unfair? By divine decision... there is this difference.'' —([[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]]) Archbishop John Paul Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in Rome [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/crossing_continents/4119254.stm]
===Altar girls===
[[Image:Altar girl.jpg|right|thumb|200px|A girl vested in [[sticharion]] and serving in the altar area at an [[OCA]] parish, an image which erupted controversy in Fall of 2004]]
Generally, Orthodox [[parish]]es do not allow females to serve liturgically in the [[sanctuary]] of the church. In the Fall of 2004, the image at right was circulated, depicting a young girl [[vestments|vested]] in [[sticharion]], appearing to serve in the sanctuary at an [[OCA]] parish. Upon the wide distribution of this image, a response was issued from [[Protopresbyter]] [[Robert S. Kondratick]], Chancellor of the OCA, forbidding this practice and citing the position of the OCA's [[Holy Synod]].[http://www.oca.org/Docs.asp?ID=104&SID=12]
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