ROC commented on the appointment of Sarah Mullaly Bishop of London

© Depositphotos / ValegorovУэлский Cathedral of the Anglican ChurchROC commented on the appointment of Sarah Mullaly Bishop of London© Depositphotos / Valegorov

The admission of women to serve as bishops in the Church of England makes it difficult for Orthodox Christians, the dialogue with the Anglicans, said on Tuesday, RIA Novosti Secretary for inter-Christian relations of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), commenting on the appointment of Sarah Mullaly with the Bishop of London.

On Monday it became known that the bishops of London for the first time headed woman — a former nurse Sarah Mullaly. For the post of Bishop of London Mullaly approved by the Queen of England and at the same time the head of the Church of England is Elizabeth II. Bishop of London — which is the third priest in the Anglican hierarchy, after the archbishops of Canterbury and York.

«A decision in principle on the admission of women to serve as bishops was taken by Church of England on 14 July 2014. Russian Orthodox Church immediately responded official statement, which stated that it was with concern and disappointment took above decision, as such a practice contradicts centuries-old Church tradition going back to the first Christian community,» said hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov).

According to him, the statement of the Moscow Patriarchate stressed that «this decision was dictated not by the needs of the Church, striving to follow the secular idea of gender equality». «However, it is clear that the path of secularization of Christianity is to move away from him many faithful who, on the contrary, try to find spiritual support in the unshakable gospel values and Apostolic traditions established by eternal and immutable God,» — said the representative of the DECR.

The source also added that «in 2014 the Russian Orthodox Church stated that the decision on the construction of women bishops makes it difficult for Orthodox Christians, the dialogue with the Anglicans that had developed over many decades.»

The first female Bishop in the Church of England was Oxford graduate, Libby lane. Mullaly became the third woman to head the episcopate.

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