Source: OCP Media Network
Helsinki: Orthodox Metropolitan Ambrosius of Helsinki of the Finnish Orthodox Church invited Female Evangelical Lutheran bishop Irja Askola to Altar with him during Clergy ordination at the Sunday Divine Liturgy. This has sparked much controversy.
He also ordered the Deacons to pray for the Lutheran woman bishop during litany. This has angered several Orthodox faithful.
Archbishop Leo – Primate of the Finnish Orthodox Church has condemned the incident and has asked Metropolitan to clarify the issue before considering any measures against him.
Major Finnish newspapers have reported the incident. Archbishop Leo have released an official statement on the controversial incident which is available at the official website of the Finnish Church.
Read Statement from Archbishop Leo here in Finnish
Helsinki News Report here.[subscribe2]
Finally, an Orthodox leader who did the right thing, praying with a female Lutheran Bishop on the altar of an Orthodox Church, and guess what nothing happened – the church is still there as are the people who witnessed it, and the bravery of the Orthodox Bishop is to be commended. Good on you, Metropolitan Ambrosius!!