Alexandrian Patriarchate Begins Women’s Ordination

This past February 17th (NS), 2017, the Greek Patriarch of Alexandria, Theodore, ‘ordained’ several women to the ‘diaconate’. The ceremony was conducted upon the women, some nuns and some not, in order to help with ‘mission’ work.  The Alexandrian Patriarchate had voted earlier to begin allowing womens’ ordination.

There is a disputed and debate question about what ‘exactly’ were those figures described sometimes as ‘deaconess’ in the early Church. As noted by scholars, they had no  liturgical role, and their appointment was no preceded by any ‘ordination’ to the minor orders (i.e. reader and sub-deacon). We can see clearly that these women are being given a role to act as sub-deacon (i.e., the towel and bowl for washing of the bishop’s hands). Even more radical is the concept of women ‘readers’ (of which there is no mention; vague or otherwise); especially considering that whenever one of  these modernist bishops performs such a rite they will have to use the words contained in the Euchologion which state that the reader has receive the ‘first degree of the priesthood’. In the case of women, a modernist-ecumenist bishop would say not ‘my son’ to a woman, but ‘my daughter, thou hast received the first degree of the priesthood.’

The Alexandrian Patriarch Theodore has been among the most prominent modernist-ecumenist advocates of the Pseudo-Synod of Crete; criticizing, at the gathering, any ‘theological discussion’ that he felt was not applicable to ‘modern man’; the Alexandrian Patriarchate, in particular, officially criticized ‘extremist’ and ‘conservative’ positions against the Cretan Synod; expressing agreement with the Pseudo-Synod and full embracing of the Ecumenist and Modernist agenda.

The Alexandrian Patriarchate also has official agreements with the Coptic Patriarchate (which rejects several Ecumenical Councils of the Church) to allow sharing of sacraments.