Metropolitan Ambrosius of Helsinki Sparks Controversy by Inviting Female Lutheran bishop Irja Askola to Altar during Clergy Ordination

Helsinki, March 8, 2015

Metropolitan Ambrosius of Helsinki (L) Archbishop Leo of Karelia & All Finland (R) Metropolitan Ambrosius of Helsinki (L) Archbishop Leo of Karelia & All Finland (R)
    

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.

Lutheran Bishop Irja Askola Lutheran Bishop Irja Askola
    

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.

OCP News Service

3/9/2015

Comments
Harrison J. Krenitsky3/9/2015 7:54 pm
This is an example of intellectual theological thinking and action at its lowest level. This is nothing more than egotistical, scholarly and intellectual ecumenism. It is an example of an individual infatuated with his own theological brilliance or lack thereof. When we stand around the Altar Table, we are called to do so with oneness of the belief and oneness of mind unified in the Body of Jesus Christ. This is an example of neither! Metropolitan Ambrosius has chosen to confuse his own flock through his distorted actions. Truly confusing and sad!
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