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Mary, Unity, and the Pathos for Equality: Alexander Schmemann's "Scandalous" Embrace of Difference

Mary, Unity, and the Pathos for Equality: Alexander Schmemann's "Scandalous" Embrace of... A ndr e w T. J. K aet hler Mary, Unity, and the Pathos for Equality Alexander Schmemann’s “Scandalous” Embrace of Difference On February 11, 1976, Alexander Schmemann wrote the fol- lowing question in his journal: “Why can’t a woman be a priest?” What inspired the journal entry was the backlash Thomas Hopko, Schmemann’s son-in-law, had received in response to an article he wrote titled “On The Male Character of Christian Priesthood.” In the article Hopko argues that only men can be priests and concludes that “it is not weakness, inferiority or sin that prevents women from holding the episcopal and presbyteral sacramental offices of the Christian Church, but rather their unique mode of human being and action which is incompatible with exercising these positions in the community.” He is clear that women are not the lesser sex; in fact, “feminine humanity is absolutely necessary for the perfection and fulness of human life, without which the human community cannot reflect the being and life of God, the uncreated Trinity.” And he does not purport that women should be relegated to limited roles, but rather there are “as many forms of realization as there are women created by God.” In http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Mary, Unity, and the Pathos for Equality: Alexander Schmemann's "Scandalous" Embrace of Difference

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Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture
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Abstract

A ndr e w T. J. K aet hler Mary, Unity, and the Pathos for Equality Alexander Schmemann’s “Scandalous” Embrace of Difference On February 11, 1976, Alexander Schmemann wrote the fol- lowing question in his journal: “Why can’t a woman be a priest?” What inspired the journal entry was the backlash Thomas Hopko, Schmemann’s son-in-law, had received in response to an article he wrote titled “On The Male Character of Christian Priesthood.” In the article Hopko argues that only men can be priests and concludes that “it is not weakness, inferiority or sin that prevents women from holding the episcopal and presbyteral sacramental offices of the Christian Church, but rather their unique mode of human being and action which is incompatible with exercising these positions in the community.” He is clear that women are not the lesser sex; in fact, “feminine humanity is absolutely necessary for the perfection and fulness of human life, without which the human community cannot reflect the being and life of God, the uncreated Trinity.” And he does not purport that women should be relegated to limited roles, but rather there are “as many forms of realization as there are women created by God.” In

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Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and CultureLogos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Published: Mar 21, 2019

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