For the second time this year, The Word magazine has an article on women’s ordination that clearly favors it. One thing that should cause concern is the level of argumentation used. It reflects badly on the quality of our seminary training. This is starting to look like a pattern. The issue is “under discussion” according to the writer. Academics who want to produce unpopular change love “discussions.” There is no great push for women’s ordination from the pews or from the priests, but self-proclaimed theologians can create a “controversy” out of whole cloth by repeated self-reference. One need only look at the Anglican communities to see where this road leads. Ironically, this essay, which reads like an earnest first year seminary paper by a badly read student, is followed by an article on homosexuality. Readers of The Word should try this interesting experiment. Apply the reasoning used in the article on “women’s ordination” to the arguments against homosexuality. It would in fact be easier to justify homosexual acts, using the reasoning of the first writer, than women’s ordination. For example, the Fathers did not know what “modern science” teaches about homosexuality. They were blinded by cultural assumptions. Modern “married” homosexuality is different. Of course, all that is rot and a misuse of tradition, but that is what happens when one begins advocacy scholarship. Bending tradition and logic to a pre-determined end, has no limit. Make no mistake: ordaining women will lead (as it always does) to gay marriage. Wicked ideas are often brought into the modern Church through the guise of academic discussion. However the deposit of faith is not open to academic discussion in the Church. The Church is an Ark of Salvation, not a grad seminar in a secular university. The editor of The Word should be replaced for allowing the faithful to be scandalized by heterodox and badly argued articles. Orthodox Christians should immediately ask persons favoring the ordination of women to repent. Some things are not open for discussion, though apologetic work is always useful in defending sacred tradition. Orthodoxy is not about to examine whether we should up date the liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. In the same way, the Holy Spirit is not going to lead us to cause schism in the Church by adopting the utterly unjustified break with tradition represented by “women priests.” Instead we will continue to follow the Mother of God and her example of beautiful sanctified womanhood.
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