- Oct 4, 2002
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There has been some speculation on a couple boards about where exactly his Grace stands on various issues, one of which is the ordination of female priests. I started reading Women And the Priesthood (1999 Edition) yesterday, and the very first article is by Bishop Kallistos. So, for those interested, here's a quote:
If I see any other relevant quotes, I'll post them here."As regards this present piece, it represents an extensive revision of something that I originally wrote in 1978. Since then my views on the issue have altered. In 1978 I considered the ordination of women priests to be an impossibility. Now I am much more hesitant. I am far from convinced by many of the current arguments advanced in favor of women priests; but at the same time a number of the arguments urged on the other side now appear to me a great lead less conclusive than they did twenty years ago. What I would plead is that we Orthodox should regard the matter as essentially an open question. Let us not imagine that in this area everything is clarified and finally settled; for manifestly it is not, either for us Orthodox or for other Christians.
One point deserves to be underlined at the outset. On the subject of women and the priesthood, there exists as yet no pan-Orthodox statement, possessing definitive Ecumenical authority." (Emphasis his) - Bishop Kallistos, Women And the Priesthood, (Saint Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1999), p. 7