I THINK ordaining women priests would be a big mistake. Thank you, now perhaps you can say something about why you think this and how you came to this conclusion, then we might have a discussion.
But if you only "think" this because you "feel" it, then the discussion is doomed.
I THINK I already stated my THOUGHTS previously....and I stand by them.
« Reply #48 on: August 05, 2009, 09:44:20 AM »
While there are women who are considered "Equal to the Apostles" - none of the original twelve were women.
I hold the myrrhbearers and all the female saints, and especially the Mother of God in the highest esteem and respect. I love them all, and do not diminish their lives or the role they have played in the Church. However, that does not change the fact that of the disciples that Christ called (the original 12), none were women. Or am I reading a different Gospel than the rest of you?
As I recall the woman, such as Mary Magdalene were not "called" by Christ. They joined Him on their own. He did not go out in search of them, or call them by name.
While Christ did not rebuff them, for He came to teach and save everyone, He did not include them in the "inner" circle.
I fully agree that women have a significant role to play within Orthodoxy. However, priesthood is NOT one of those roles. To satisfy one's own ambitions and "calling" while in the process rocking the Church and Faith is unacceptable. If a women has a "calling" than fill it some other way!
Female deacons were necessary in the old days. The priests (men, by the way) were not permitted to touch women while ministering to them, nor to visit a sick woman alone. This is where the deaconess came in to play. She would, on behalf of the male priest, minister to women. She would visit the infirm, etc.
I respect the Church too much to just sit by and have someone change it because they feel the "need" to serve! Please! That's just pride on the woman's part.
If it ain't broken, don't fix it!
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
# Mark 6:7
And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;I could go on...however, I am trying to make the point that the TWELVE were not women, even though there were women disciples and there were and are women "Equal to the Apostles".