The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios broke into public dispute in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday (1 May) over the issue of women priests.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios broke into public dispute in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday (1 May) over the issue of women priests. The Patriarch openly rejected ordination of women during a speech in Saint George's church to welcome Archbishop Donald Coggan, leader of the world's 65 million Anglicans.
SYNOPSIS: The Patriarch was speaking after conducting the Divive Liturgy service at the start of Doctor Coggan's two-day visit. The two church leaders are to discuss progress towards Christian unity. Doctor Coggan has already met Pope Paul who's also strongly opposed to the priesthood for women.
During his welcoming speech, the Patriarch quoted Saint Paul saying "let your women keep silent in the churches for it is not permitted for them to speak."
In an unprepared reply, Doctor Coggan said women were already being ordained in certain parts of the Anglican Communion. He said that his church believed that those who saw this to be the right course should be free to act accordingly. An Anglican source said later the open way in which the Patriarch raised the question had come as something of a surprise.
Following the addresses the two Prelates embraced and exchanged the Kiss of Peace. They continued their discussions in private.