Orthodox Church of Greece restores the diaconate for women

The title says it all: the Greek Orthodox Church has decided to restore the diaconate for women.

This will have interesting implications on the ecumenical front. The Catholic Church has slowly been building a theological case that the ordination of women to the diaconate, while it did exist in the past, is not a real ordination in the strict sense. On the other hand, the Eastern churches do not make this distinction, and in fact some of the Eastern churches do not need to “restore” the diaconate, because they never let it go! When the Catholicos (i.e. the Patriarch) of the Armenian Orthodox Church came to Montreal a few years ago, I met a woman deacon who was helping to prepare everything.