I understand your point.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I'm just relating to you what most Orthodox monks would probably say when asked about the issue.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š There is a reason why the Holy Mountain is called the Garden of the Theotokos. I'd dare say that more Orthodox women are against allowing women on the Mountain than for it.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Secondly, assume we do allow women on.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š What would be the reason?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š If it is to respond to non-Orthodox new-age feminists, than no, they shouldn't be allowed to set foot on Athos.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š If they were allowed, women come for pilgrimages, of course, and that would be a good thing. Say you allow women.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š What's next?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Women would then want to be allowed into the sanctuary on a regular basis, then they would push for women priests, etc...and on and on.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Where would it end? The point is, once the floodgates are opened, people would push to allow other things, and I could see the mountain slowly becoming just another place instead of the holy retreat that it currently is.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Women can find the same holiness and ascetism in mainland monasteries, both in men's and women's, that they can find on the Holy Mountain. So why the push to be allowed on the Holy Mountain?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š What is the cause of it?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Let it be.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š If I were a simple, faithful monk, and I truly believed in the tradition of the Theotokos being the unique "Abbess" of the Holy Mountain, that would be all the reason I need to want to keep it the same. I don't mean to offend anyone; all I ask is that you look at it from the monk's traditional point of view, and ask yourself whether more harm or good would come from allowing women on the Holy Mountain.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š For my part, yes, I could see it benefiting many women, but I think that in the long run, it would slowly erode the stability of the place, and possibly cause negative influences in the Church as a whole.
In the Risen Lord,