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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

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Finland – women bishops

Posted by Fr Mark on September 1, 2010

Askola becomes Finland’s first female bishop

From Helsinki Times, 1.9.10:

Irja Askola, Finland’s first ever female bishop, is to start as the Bishop of Helsinki on Wednesday.

The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church elected Askola to replace retiring Eero Huovinen on 3 June.

Askola gained a narrow victory in the second round of the episcopal elections over Matti Poutiainen, with 591 votes to 567 among the electoral college.

Some 1,400 people attended Huovinen’s farewell sermon on Tuesday. Huovinen delivered the sermon at the Helsinki Cathedral. Amongst the attendees was Tarja Halonen, Finland’s president.

With the sermon, Huovinen encouraged the congregation to search for a connection to God and their neighbours.

Huovinen was ordained as the bishop of Helsinki in 1991, and is the fifth bishop for the diocese.

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